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Media Advisory

For Immediate Release:  March 25, 2020

Media Contact:

Amanda Niver

Office: (928) 532-6050


 Navajo County Public Health Confirms Additional Case of COVID-19 in Navajo County

HOLBROOK — Navajo County Public Health Officials and the Arizona Department of Health Services, in partnership with Little Colorado Medical Center announced today a person has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Any individuals who have been identified as having been exposed will be contacted directly by public health officials. If you have not been contacted by public health officials, your risk of exposure to this case is extremely limited. These individuals will be monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms in collaboration with Navajo County Public Health and medical providers.

 “We encourage the public to stay calm, stay up-to-date with recommendations, and do their best to help slow the spread.  We ask that everyone routinely check the COVID-19 dashboard [listed below] for the most recent information,” said Jeffrey Lee, Director of the Navajo County Public Health Department. “If you experience even mild symptoms, and we ask that you please stay home. Everyone should be practicing social distancing.  Those who are most at-risk for developing severe complications from COVID-19 are older adults and those with existing chronic health conditions.”

 Local public health officials are currently investigating to identify any close contacts that may have been exposed. Identified individuals will be monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms. COVID-19 spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms are thought to appear within two to 14 days after exposure and consist of fever, cough, runny nose, and difficulty breathing. Those considered at risk for contracting the virus are individuals with travel to an area where COVID-19 is spreading or individuals in close contact with a person under investigation for the COVID-19.

 The best way to prevent COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases is to:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

If you have recently traveled to an area where COVID-19 is spreading and have developed fever with cough or shortness of breath within 14 days of your travel or have had contact with someone who is suspected to have COVID-19, stay home and call your healthcare provider.  If you feel sick, stay at home. Do not go to work, and contact your healthcare provider. If your children are sick, keep them at home and contact your healthcare provider. If someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19, keep the entire household at home. Please call your healthcare facility to get instructions before going in.

 For the latest official information about COVID-19, go online to our continually updated local COVID-19 dashboard at: http://navajocountyaz.gov/coronavirus

 Questions about COVID-19? Call: 1-844-542-8201

August 4, 2020

Good afternoon Winslow

Today we have 7 inpatients, 3 are positive and no pending test results. As beaches and pools open up we would like to provide you with some information to stay safe:

What you need to know

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away, both in and out of the water, from people you don’t live with.
  • Wear a mask when you are not in water.
  • Wash your hands often and don’t share items with people you don’t live with. 

The places we visit to swim, play and relax in water include beaches-swim areas in oceans, lakes and other natural bodies of water-and pools, water, playgrounds, and hot tubs. There is no evidence that SARS-CoV2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can spread to people through water in these places.

The virus is thought to spread mostly person-to-person, by respiratory droplets releases when an infected person cough, sneezes, or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. The virus might also spread to hands from contaminated surface and then to the nose, mouth, or possibly eyes. Infected people can spread the virus whether or not they have symptoms.



Hopi Observer on April 28th and Arizona Daily the the Sun.






  • First day of the month: For many Arizonans and businesses this is the day bills are due -- mortgage, rent, utilities, and internet, among others. A few reminders for your residents that may be struggling:
    • Renters: Eviction orders are halted for anyone quarantined or facing economic hardships due to COVID-19. 
    • Utilities: APS, SRP, TEP, and six electric cooperatives have agreed that no customer will lose power or assessed late fees or interest due to inability to pay during the COVID-19 emergency.
    • Banking and mortgages: Arizona banks are suspending home evictions and foreclosures for at least 60 days, with the potential to extend that period for the duration of the emergency declarations. Most banks have adopted payment deferral programs. If your residents -- homeowners, borrowers, small businesses -- are struggling to make payments, they should contact their banks directly to discuss payment deferral plans for the emergency. 
    • Internet: Wireless and wireline internet service providers have committed to not terminating service for any residence or small business because of inability to pay due to COVID-19 as well as waiving late fees for those with COVID-19 economic circumstances: https://www.fcc.gov/keep-americans-connected.  Many internet providers have deals specific for the COVID-19 emergency and special offers for families with K-12 students those offers are compiled on https://www.azcommerce.com/covid-19/essential-infrastructure/ ,  by the Arizona Commerce Authority.
    • As a reminder, the Arizona Commerce Authority has compiled resources for small businesses and workers facing employment loss.   
  • "Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected"
    • The Executive Order began Tuesday, March 31st yesterday at 5 pm and ends on April 30th, unless extended.

Ongoing Recommended Resources

Arizona Specific Worker and Small Business Resources:  the Arizona Commerce Authority has compiled resources for small businesses and workers facing employment loss: on.    https://www.navajocountyaz.gov/Press-Release/ArtMID/11983/ArticleID/76/Media-Advisory

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