As Coronavirus Cases Rise, Navajo Nation Tries To Get Ahead Of Pandemic

Adrian Lerma, and her husband Michael, stand outside the grocery store in Window Rock, Ariz. They’re buying food for elders in their community. A good part of Percy Deal’s day is spent hauling water for his family and livestock in two 55-gallon barrels. So when he heard on the radio how often and for how long he was supposed to wash his hands to avoid the spread of the coronavirus, he was overwhelmed. “I mean that’s like a gallon and a half or so,” Deal says. “For me, I’m using the same water at least three or four times. I use the same water for cooking. I use the same water for cleaning up. So I can’t be washing my hands that many times.” Forty percent of the Navajo Nation doesn’t have running water or indoor plumbing. Deal lives on Black Mesa in northeast Arizona next to a coal […]

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