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Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez Under Self-Quarantine After Being Near A COVID-19 Positive Person

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, Vice President Myron Lizer and others are under self-quarantine from the coronavirus. President Nez said on a Facebook town hall Thursday that he, Lizer and others were meeting with officials from FEMA, the Army Corps of Engineers and others on Tuesday, when they came close to a first-responder who tested positive for COVID-19. Nez says they wearing protective gear and were taking every precaution. He said they were told Tuesday night about the person. Nez says he is self-quarantining “just to be on the safe side.” He is echoing his call tribal members to take the virus serious and stay home. Nez says “it’s frustrating to see people driving around out there, not abiding by the shelter in place order.” The Navajo Nation will be under full curfew this weekend from 8 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday morning. Anyone caught breaking curfew is subject to fines, with the exception of essential workers. The total number of positive cases of COVID-19 on the reservation is 488 with 20 deaths