COVID-19-PEOPLE STRONGER TOGETHER

India will receive donation of cloth masks from Navajo Nation

May 3, 2021, 4:54 PM | Updated: 4:56 pm
cloth masks India Navajo...
Image of the flag of the Navao Nation (Photo credit: Getty Images)
(Photo credit: Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY — India needs masks in the same way that the Navajo Nation needed help in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

At that time, the Navajo Nation was among the hardest-hit areas of the United States. While tribal officials said the U.S. federal government was slow to respond, donations poured in from across the country and from as far away as Ireland

Now the Navajo Nation is paying some of that goodwill forward. They have donated cloth masks to the people of India, where COVID-19 infections have risen enormously in the past few weeks. Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said they sent 1,200 masks to the Indian Embassy in Washington, DC.  And they’re hoping to send more.

“We received some inquiries from our Navajo citizens and organizations . . . that are willing to make more and send them to India,” President Nez told KSL Newsradio.

President Nez says the Navajo Nation is gradually re-opening as new cases diminish and more people are vaccinated. About 54% of those who use health care facilities on the reservation have been fully vaccinated. Many of those people live off the reservation. Nez said about 71% of residents are vaccinated.

“Our goal is to get 75% of our people fully vaccinated and we are going to consider re-opening our Navajo Nation to our visitors,” he said.

President Nez said anyone is welcome to donate to help send masks to India. Those who are interested can call 928-871-7000 to make a contribution.

OTHER READING:

Today’s Top Stories

COVID-19-People stronger together

Intermountain visitors...
Simone Seikaly

New overnight visitor guidelines at Intermountain Healthcare facilities

Intermountain visitors are also asked to wear a mask at all times in clinic and hospital settings and when a hospital caregiver is nearby.
7 days ago
mental health help...
Curt Gresseth

Mental health needs spike during pandemic, but help in Utah abundant, free

The need for mental health services reached new heights in Utah last year, but a physician said help is available and free in the state.
8 days ago
best mask omicron...
Simone Seikaly

The best mask against the omicron variant: factors to consider

The best mask or respirator to fight omicron can be determined by fit, filtration, breathability, durability, and quality control.
9 days ago
vaccinate the world...
Curt Gresseth

How to vaccinate the whole world (not just rich countries) against COVID

A global-supply chain expert discusses the steps necessary to vaccinate the whole world -- not just wealthy countries -- against COVID-19.
14 days ago
U.S. President Joe Biden, seen here on December 3 in Washington, DC, is set to announce a plan for ...
Kevin Liptak, Nikki Carvajal, Jeremy Diamond and Maegan Vazquez, CNN

Biden announces plan to mail Americans 500 million at-home rapid Covid-19 tests

Pres. Joe Biden announced a number of new efforts to combat a surge of Covid-19 cases in the US, including mailing 500 million at-home tests.
1 month ago
third vaccine dose...
Nick Wyatt

Some Utahns ready for a third vaccine dose, pharmacies are preparing

Some Utahns are ready for a third vaccine dose against COVID-19. One pharmacy says it's already booking appointments.
4 months ago
India will receive donation of cloth masks from Navajo Nation