Navajo Nation Disaster Declaration Approval Approved – Flagstaff Business & Online News

After this support from The Senators from Arizona, Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly and the representatives from Arizona, Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01), Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-02), Raúl Grijalva (AZ-03), Andy Biggs (AZ-05), David Schweikert (AZ-06), Ruben Gallego (AZ-07), Debbie Lesko (AZ-08) and Greg Stanton (AZ-09) the government approved the request of the President of the Navajo Nation, Jonathan Nez, for a statement The federal government announced a major disaster requiring the nation to access additional resources to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

“I am pleased that the government has taken swift action on behalf of the Navajo Nation. Approving a declaration of major catastrophe will help save lives and livelihoods – and ensure the nation has access to vital resources to combat and reduce the spread of COVID-19, “Sinema said.

“The Navajo Nation has been resilient to the pandemic and has fought the virus with too little help from the federal government. This much-needed government statement will give the Navajo Nation additional resources and flexibility to fight the spread of COVID-19 and recover, “said Kelly.

Read the delegation’s original question HERE.

President Nez declared a public health emergency in response to the pandemic on March 11 before a single case in the nation was confirmed. Despite proactive precautions, the Navajo Nation has confirmed over 28,000 COVID-19 infections and more than 1,000 deaths. The Navajo Nation’s hospitals are operating at capacities above their previous peak in May. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention note that Alaskan Indians and natives are at disproportionate risk of complications from COVID-19 due to the health and socioeconomic differences in these communities.

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