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Navajo County Public Health Officials Confirm Death Due to COVID-19

  • 30 March 2020
  • Author: Clifton Foster
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For Immediate Release:  March 29, 2020

Navajo County Public Health Officials Confirm Death Due to COVID-19


HOLBROOK — The Navajo County Public Health Services District (NCPHSD) and the Arizona Department of Health Services have confirmed a death in Navajo County due to COVID-19 and have also confirmed additional cases in Navajo County off-reservation. The individual who passed away was in their 60s with underlying health conditions. No additional information will be provided out of respect to the family and privacy laws. NCPHSD is in the process of notifying close contacts of these persons and is asking them to monitor for symptoms. If you are not contacted by public health, your risk of exposure to these cases are minimal.

“We express our deepest sympathy to the family and friends grieving their loved one during this difficult time,” said Jeff Lee NCPHSD Director. “COVID-19 is a serious disease that can be fatal. We expect to see more cases of COVID-19 in Navajo County, and there could be more deaths. It is imperative that everyone takes precautions to protect yourself and your family from this disease.”

As recommended by the AZ Department of Health Services, residents should expect that COVID-19 is circulating in their communities and should maintain social distancing.  The best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are:

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

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. For people with mild illness, individuals are asked to stay home, drink plenty of fluids, and get rest. For people with more severe symptoms, such as shortness of breath, individuals are advised to seek healthcare.

“We know that you are concerned about the impact this virus may have on you, your loved ones, and your neighbors,” shared Navajo County Chairman Jason Whiting. “It is passing through our communities, but we can work together to take precautions. Let’s rally together to do our part. Look for opportunities to maintain proper social distance, be aware of what you touch, and wash your hands frequently with soap and water. And in all this, look for ways to safely assist those around you.”

This is a rapidly changing situation, and information is being shared as it becomes available on the County COVID-19 information page:

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

Media Contact:
Amanda Niver  
Office: (928) 532-6050

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