(CNN) The Navajo Nation enacted a 57-hour curfew over the holiday weekend in an effort to combat the spread of coronavirus among its more than 250,000 members.
As of Saturday, there were 698 confirmed cases of coronavirus, including 24 deaths, among members of the Navajo Nation living in New Mexico, Arizona and Utah, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer said in a news release.
apnews.com/article/technology-arizona-phoenix-coronavirus-pandemic-wi-fi-23a921f457ca55d8abd319e15f781b7d PINON, Arizona (AP) — One student runs 85 feet up a hill every morning, just to get a cellphone signal so he can call in his attendance. . . Then there’s the high school senior who spends six hours most days doing homework in a car next to a school bus turned Wi-Fi hotspot . . . Said one district superintendent: “We have some kids that we just don’t know where they are.” . . Here, on a reservation the size of West Virginia, the COVID-19 death rate has been higher than that of any U.S. state. . . More than 600 of the Navajo reservation’s 173,000 residents have died from COVID-19. Compare that rate of 347 for every 100,000 people to Maricopa County – Arizona’s largest – where the death rate is 86 per 100,000 people. . . Across the reservation, only a quarter of homes have broadband internet, and fewer than half even have a computer . . . Chris Ostgaard, superintendent of the Piñon district, said only about 50% of students have some form of internet connection . . . Ostgaard said enrollment across the three schools has decreased by about 100 kids from last year. Some, he said, have “disappeared, basically.”