NAVAJO COUNTY, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- The number of cases of coronavirus in Arizona jumped by more than a dozen Thursday night. The positive coronavirus cases in the Navajo Nation has reached 14, according to a tweet from Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez.
Nez and Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer reportedly found out about the increase of coronavirus cases in their community through the Navajo Department of Health and Navajo Area IHS. Three of these 14 cases within the Navajo Nation were previously reported.
Nez-Lizer and health care experts urge public to stay home as total number of positive COVID-19 test results reaches 14 pic.twitter.com/Obh6xuxVv7— Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez (@NNPrezNez) March 20, 2020
A letter released by Nez and Lizer said health and emergency officials are using all safety measures to screen and isolate the family members of the individuals who tested positive.
"I assure everyone that the Navajo Health Command Operations Center, Navajo Area IHS, and 638 Tribal Health Organizations are working proactively to investigate each case to prevent the spread of the virus," said Nez in the letter.
Nez has ordered a "shelter-in-place" quarantine for the Chilchinbeto community, which requires them to remain in their homes to slow the spread of the virus. "Everyone must remain home at this point and let the health care and emergency experts do their job," he said. "Please be respectful and adhere to their directions as they are doing their best to protect our communities."
In the same letter, Lizer stresses the public not to panic. "Although there is an increase in positive tests for COVID-19, there are also a large number of people who have tested negative and some who are recovering."
Also on Thursday night, Coconino County confirmed it has a total of eight coronavirus cases now. The newly released numbers bring the coronavirus cases in Arizona to a total of 64.
To read the full letter from Navajo Nation, see below: