Navajo Nation overtakes New York State for highest Covid-19 infection rate in the United States

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The Navajo Nation, which spans parts of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah, declared a population of 173,667 in the 2010 census. As a result, with 4,002 cases, the territory Amerindian has 2,304.41 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 inhabitants.

Even those who leave their home to work must have documentation on company letterhead with a verifiable contact number for a manager in order to be able to go there.

In recent months, the country has been locked out over the weekend to prevent members from going out and risking infection, but the number of cases has continued to increase.

Other minority groups have also been severely affected by the coronavirus.

Of the 39 states and the District of Columbia reporting the race and ethnicity of deceased residents of Covid-19, African Americans make up approximately 13% of the population of these locations, but 27% of the deaths in Covid-19, according to an analysis by the American Public Media (APM) research laboratory.

In California, Latinos make up 53% of the state’s cases, although they make up 39% of the state’s population, according to data from the California Department of Public Health.

Rubicon team volunteer EMT Hannah Tellier of Boston performs a Covid-19 test in the emergency room of the Kayenta Health Center on the Navajo Reservation in Kayenta, Arizona, April 23, 2020.

Peak in cases

Nose said there had been a huge spike in the population, resulting in 140 deaths across the country this weekend.

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A Navajo Nation press release released on Saturday said experts predicted the cases would peak in their populations in mid-May.

Part of the reason for the spike is the increase in testing capacity, said Nose. Over 23,791 members, or 11% of the Navajo nation’s population, have been tested for the virus.

Several reasons for increased spread

Another reason for the large number of cases is that several generations live in the same house, said Nez.

“When someone receives Covid, goes home, they turn around to infect the rest of the family,” said Nez.

In addition, 30% to 40% of residents have no running water, said Nose. This prevents everyone from washing their hands as often as recommended.

Another challenge is that the nation is a “food desert”, which means more people are in the few grocery stores, convenience stores and gas stations to buy food, said Nez.

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“When we run out of food or supplies, we have to go to the stores and there are a lot of people there and I think … the spread is happening there as well as at home,” said Nose.

In a press release on Saturday, Nez urged residents to continue to stay in isolation as much as possible and to maintain good hygiene practices.

“With each passing day, we are one day closer to beating COVID-19. Whether we realize it or not, we are winning the war against this virus, “said Nez in the press release. “We have to stay the course when it comes to staying at home as much as possible, wearing masks in public, washing our hands often and taking all precautions to ensure our health and safety, especially for our elders and our children. “

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