A 56-hour curfew was in effect this weekend “due to the uncontrolled spread of Covid-19 in 29 communities on the Navajo Nation,” Jonathan Nez, the Navajo president, said in a statement released on Sunday.That spread is “largely due to travel off the Navajo Nation and family gatherings,” the statement said. – Advertisement – The Navajo Nation, under a weekend lockdown, is averaging more than 100 new daily cases for the first time since early June.The nation, which stretches across much of northeastern Arizona and into parts of Utah and New Mexico, reported 124 new coronavirus cases and two new deaths on Saturday.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – In Apache County, whose population is about three-quarters Native American, turnout increased by 27 percent since the 2016 election, with over 98 percent of votes reported on Sunday evening. The nation has recorded 12,571 total cases and 593 deaths from the virus, according to the Navajo Department of Health. In addition to the strict weekend lockdown, a weekday curfew is in effect from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.- Advertisement – “The numbers are not looking good for us here on the Navajo Nation and across the country,” Mr. Nez said in the statement.The curfews come after extensive restrictions this summer, when roads were closed to outside visitors, and restaurants — including even some fast food drive-throughs — were shut down.Despite the spike — cases began increasing at the end of September — voter turnout increased significantly this year compared with 2016 in the Arizona counties that overlap the Navajo and Hopi tribal lands.
LISTEN: Bruce Arians, Cardinals head coach Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories After doubling the Arizona Cardinals’ wins last season from the year prior, Bruce Arians has proven he can turn around a program.Now, Arians will try to tackle an even bigger problem troubling the state and its children.The Arians Family Foundation (AFF) will host the inaugural Arizona Golf Classic in Scottsdale, March 7-9, to help children that are involved in the court system as a result of abuse or neglect by their families. “A lot of the guys are coming in are looking forward to having a great time,” Arians said. “The Kierland Westin is a fantastic facility and it’s going to be a great time. Also, LeAnn Rimes is going to come out and sing the National Anthem and sing a few songs afterwards.” 0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Your browser does not support the audio element. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The event will raise money to bring CASAs (court-appointed special advocates) to the kids who need a voice.“It looks like it’s going to be a great start here in Arizona,” Arians told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “We’re trying to have a benefit for CASA. My wife Christine was a CASA for 15 years and I saw firsthand how you can change one life at a time. We have 10,000 children in foster care in Maricopa County and they need our help.”The AFF was founded last year by Arians, alongside his wife, Christine. The foundation motto, “A Voice For Children,” does just that — giving the help and resources that children need for a successful future.“We’re trying to raise enough money so we can train more CASAs so that each child can have a voice,” Arians said. “That’s the one stable factor in most of their lives.“I’ve seen what Christine has done with a number of kids who really had no future and I know two right now who are in college and have a future. We want to be that voice for them and that person that’s stable in their life.”Among those expected to attend are Peyton Manning, Andrew Luck, Carson Palmer, Larry Fitzgerald, Tyrann Mathieu and Patrick Peterson.