Navajo Nation president, vice president in self-quarantine after being exposed to COVID-19

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer are in self-quarantine after being in close proximity with an individual who had the coronavirus, according to a press statement on April 9.

Nez and Lizer announced the news during a live town hall update that Wednesday. They had been in close proximity to a first responder who later tested positive for COVID-19.

While both wore gloves and masks at the time, the two plan to continue their official duties online and through other forms of telecommunication, according to the statement.

Several of their employees have also been ordered to self-quarantine as a precaution.

"This is real and no one is immune from contracting the virus," Nez said in the statement. "We will continue to hep fight for our people while we self-quarantine - this is a precautionary measure."

A 57-hour weekend curfew takes effect in the Navajo Nation starting Friday, April 10 at 8 P.M. to Monday, April 13 at 5 A.M. to slow the spread of the virus.  

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