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Navajo Nation Implements 32-Hour Weekend Lockdowns For August

The Navajo Nation is scaling back its weekend curfews as the number of new COVID-19 cases declines.

The Navajo Department of Health is implementing four partial 32-hour weekend curfews for the rest of August. 

The new partial lockdown will go into effect this weekend.

Essential workers and essential businesses are exempt from the curfew and farm work can also continue. But any vendors that farmers may buy supplies from are not exempt so officials say plan ahead.

At times, it has seen some of the highest per capita infection rates in the country. But the tribal government imposed 57 hour-long curfews on weekends, and the number of new cases is moving down.

COVID-19 cases are on a downward trajectory in both the Navajo Nation and the states that surround it. Heath experts continue to advise Navajo residents to follow all public health orders to avoid possible future spikes in cases.

The weekend curfews go through Aug. 31. 

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Jill Ryan joined KJZZ in 2020 as a morning reporter, and she is currently a field correspondent and Morning Edition producer.