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PROGRAMS & ORGANIZATIONS

Has the Legislative Branch Closed?
On March 18, 2020, Speaker Seth Damon released a memorandum s notifying all that Legislative Branch will have a reduction in services for all Legislative Branch programs. The programs under the Legislative Branch will be closed effective March 19, 2020 until further notice. All supervisors are directed to close public access to office buildings and to initiate remote working procedures for all employees. Notification will be provided when regular services will resume.
Will Navajo Nation Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) still be providing services?
WIC Offices are still providing services via phone, however Kayenta WIC Office is closed and services are provided by the Tsaile WIC Office. For more information call 1 (800) 307-4321 and local office contact information is posted at office location.
Are Senior Centers being closed? The elders should still be receiving services.
The Division of Aging and Long Term Care Support (DALTCS) senior center are providing meal service, however method is specific to each center whether home delivery or curbside pickup. For more information contact their local senior center and contact information is posted at the senior center.
How is Navajo Housing Authority (NHA) addressing COVID-19?
  • NHA Offices are closed until further notice since March 18, 2020, NHA can be contacted at (928) 871-2691 or by visiting www.hooghan.com. NHA has addressed COVID-19 by:
    • Creating the NHA COVID-19 Task Force to monitor how COVID-19 is affecting NHA tenants.
    • On March 23, 2020, NHA Board of Commissioner’s Resolution authorized one million dollar financial contribution to the Navajo Nation to assist with cleaning supplies, personal protective equipment (PPE), and public outreach.
    • NHA leadership waived public rental and homeownership payment for the months of April and May 2020.
    • NHA suspended notices of vacate and lease violations, eviction for non-criminal activity, unit transfers, movie-ins, move-outs, routine maintenance work orders, housing inspections, rental and homeownership late fees, and pest control services. Existing repayment agreements and re-certification deadlines will be extended.
Are Chapter Houses in all communities closed?
  • The Navajo Nation Division of Community Development is currently following the Executive Order No. 002-20 on March 31, 2020.
    • Non-Certified Chapters employees are on paid Administrative Leave for the duration of the closure. All supervisors were directed to close public access to Chapter buildings and to initiate remote contact with Community Services Coordinators (CSC), Accounts Maintenance Specialists (AMS), and Temporary Employees including PEP workers. Chapter Offices are closed and signs were posted on all doors displaying that buildings are closed until further notice. Contact information should be posted at the entrances and voice messages on the chapter phones.
      • In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, all non-certified Chapter employees have been directed to remain at home and to reduce personal travel.
    • Certified Chapters
      • The Certified LGA Chapters employees will get direction from supervisors and Chapter leaders on remaining open or closed due to COVID-19 Emergency. The status of Certified LGA Chapters may be different for each chapter. Please call the Certified Chapters for information.
Are Navajo Chapter Houses posting information and updates on their websites?
Depends on the chapter, however for information, contact Division of Community Development at (928) 871-7182 or by visiting their website at www.nndcd.org.
What about caregiver that are not related to the client? What are the recommendations for continuing care?
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 70% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact, especially with people that are sick
    • Continue to practice social distancing by keeping six (6) feet away when not providing direct contact needed services especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or into the inside of your elbow.
    • Throw used tissues in the trash immediately after.
    • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 70% alcohol.
I am a caregiver. What if my elderly client gets sick, do I call the medical facility first or get take them? I am seeking information on the protocol.
  • If the elderly client is presenting symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, coughing, and shortness of breath), Contact your medical facility before going in. The medical facility will provide instructions on the procedure.
    • If they are coughing have them wear a facemask.
    • If they do not have a facemask, keep six (6) feet away from everyone, this will protect the people within the medical facility.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 70% alcohol.
      • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Follow up with your healthcare provider and local health authorities for instructions for monitoring symptoms and reporting information.
The Kayenta Township staff is still required to work, how will this be addressed?
As of April 17, 2020, The Kayenta Township website indicates that the Kayenta Township office will remain open but their doors will lock. The Kayenta Township strongly suggests contacting them via (928) 697-8451 to take care of any business that you may have with the Township.
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