This week, Navajo Nation health officials reported 19 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and three additional deaths. That brings the total number of Navajo residents infected to 9,519, and 6,996 have recovered.
The Navajo Nation lifted its stay-at-home order last is encouraging residents to leave their homes only for emergencies or essential activities. Much of the Navajo Nation has been closed since March as the coronavirus swept through the reservation which extends through New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona.
Earlier this week however, thanks to the supporters of Running Strong for American Indian Youth, we were able to deliver a large shipment of frozen food boxes to Navajo Nation. 2019 Jacob Crane organized multiple food drives alongside the Utah Navajo Covid-19 Relief Program, unloading by hand over 2,000 boxes of frozen barbecue, pork, chicken, and cheese onto six trucks bound for Red Mesa, Monument Valley, Aneth, Oljato, Mexican Water, and Montezuma Creek.
“I want to extend a special thank you to Running Strong for American Indian Youth for providing so much for families and elders in need,” Jacob said. “You don’t know just how much of a difference you’re making. A lot of families were going hungry until the food came.”
Protein boxes such as these are among the most expensive available; fortunately, due to a supplemental grant from USDA, we were able to provide these nutrient-dense meals where they matter most. Neither would have been possible without the supporters of Running Strong showing their commitment to the most vulnerable among us during these trying times.