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Local groups helping the Navajo Nation in time of extreme need

Posted at 10:25 PM, Apr 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-28 00:27:29-04

MONTEZUMA CREEK, Utah — The Navajo Nation in Utah, Arizona and New Mexico is feeling the strain of COVID-19.

As of Sunday, more than 1,700 people had tested positive.

In response to the crisis, the University of Utah School of Medicine Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, the Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake City and the Utah Navajo Health System have partnered to organize a donation drive to collect essential supplies for Utah Navajo Health Services.

Donations of food and supplies will be accepted from 10:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. from now through Thursday at the Urban Indian Center, located at 120 West 1300 South.

Monetary donations are accepted at the Utah Navajo Health System's website.

“It’s devastating, so any help we can get — any assistance, just anything — would help things along," said Pete Sands, coordinator of the Utah Navajo COVID Relief Program.