Two leaders of the largest Native American reservation in the U.S. are in self-quarantine as the Navajo Nation prepares for a weekend-long curfew aimed at curbing the coronavirus outbreak.
The virus has swept with ferocity through the Navajo Nation, which spans parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. The tribe has recorded nearly 600 cases and 22 deaths among Navajos who live on the 27,000-square-mile (70,000-square-kilometer) reservation.
Navajo President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer announced during a town hall Thursday that they are quarantining themselves as a precaution after being in close proximity with a first responder who later tested positive. They say they donned masks and gloves while visiting communities and are following protocols to isolate.
Their decision came as the tribe prepared for the 57-hour reservation-wide curfew that began Friday at 8 p.m. Strict enforcement has been promised, with Navajo police able to issue citations that may include fines up to $1,000 or jail time.