By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

The Navajo Nation reinstituted a 3 week Stay at Home (Shelter in Place) Order Friday due to escalating incidents and community spread of COVID-19 on the Nation.

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The Navajo Nation is experiencing an alarming rise in positive COVID-19 cases and uncontrolled spread in 34 communities across the Navajo Nation. These cluster cases are a direct result of family gatherings and off-Reservation travel. They also have lead to an outbreak and a second surge in cases on the Navajo Nation.

The lockdown, or stay-at-home order is effective immediately and continuing for a period of at least three weeks, including weekends and may be extended.

The Public Health Emergency Order requires individuals to STAY HOME and to STAY ON THE NAVAJO NATION–Refrain from off-Reservation travel. Individuals are also advised not to gather with anyone outside your immediate household and to stay within your local communities.

Much of Navajo Nation was closed between March and August as the virus swept through the vast reservation that covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

On Saturday, officials said the reservation had 172 new cases and no recent deaths, increasing the total during the pandemic to 13,249 cases with 598 deaths.