Home to more than 500 tribes and 300 reservations, the vast Navajo Nation spans across Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. Yet there are just six hospitals, seven health centers, and 15 health stations serving the entire territory — with fewer than 20 ICU beds for the whole population of 300,000.
It’s an inequity that doesn’t just put Navajo Nation’s residents at a disadvantage; it’s proven devastating during the COVID-19 pandemic.
One-quarter of all households in Navajo Nation lack electricity, and a third don’t have running water. Half of Navajo Nation’s entire population lives in multigenerational households, which can make social distancing or isolating to stop the spread of the disease impossible.