Medical Officials Serving Navajo Make Urgent Plea: Stay Home | Arizona News

By FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Medical professionals serving the Navajo Nation made an urgent plea to residents Thursday to stay home as coronavirus cases rise, testing the limits of health care on the vast reservation.

“If we don’t stop COVID, we will run out of beds, we will run out of nurses, we will run out of supplies,” said Dr. Loretta Christensen, chief medical officer for the Navajo-area Indian Health Service.

The Navajo Nation has been seeing more cases daily than it did in the spring when it was a national hotspot. The difference now is that cases are rising in all the states that border the reservation — New Mexico, Utah and Arizona — and nationally, and the tribe no longer can draw on the resources it once did.

That has left medical professionals scrambling to find hospitals off the reservation to take in critically

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