Free coronavirus testing returns to Montezuma Creek April 30 – May 1

Utah Department of Health is bringing back its mobile coronavirus testing units to Utah Navajo Health System at the Montezuma Creek Clinic this Thursday & Friday, April 30- May 1, 2020 from 8:15am-4:30pm (or while supplies last). Tests are free of charge and open to anyone regardless of tribal affiliation or state of residence. If … Continue reading Free coronavirus testing returns to Montezuma Creek April 30 – May 1

Free coronavirus testing available this week in Navajo Mountain and Monument Valley

Utah Navajo Health System Inc. (UNHS) and the Utah Department of Health’s Utah Public Health Laboratory (UPHL) are expanding local testing for the next several days in areas of southern San Juan County. The mobile testing currently underway is focused in areas of the county hardest-hit by COVID-19. April 13th and 14th the mobile testing … Continue reading Free coronavirus testing available this week in Navajo Mountain and Monument Valley

Coronavirus cases in San Juan County rise to 6, curfew implemented on Navajo Nation

April 1, 2020 There are currently six San Juan County, Utah, residents -- one of whom is in the Salt Lake Valley -- who have testes positive for the coronavirus. The county's first case was reported on Friday. The Navajo Nation issued a nightly curfew on Sunday which is in effect from 8 p.m. to … Continue reading Coronavirus cases in San Juan County rise to 6, curfew implemented on Navajo Nation

San Juan County has its first confirmed case of COVID-19, camping banned for non-residents

March 27, 2020 Note: An earlier version of this article included a picture of a clinic in San Juan County. The location of the confirmed case is not known to the Canyon Echo and the image was not meant to indicate anything other than a reminder to practice social distancing and good hygiene. On Friday … Continue reading San Juan County has its first confirmed case of COVID-19, camping banned for non-residents

Full Statement: San Juan County closes camping to non-residents

San Juan County posted the following to its Facebook page on Friday, March 27, 2020: We want to inform all public that there are current restrictions on all camping and on all non-essential leisurely travel within San Juan County, per the San Juan Public Health Department orders that were signed on March 27, 2020. San … Continue reading Full Statement: San Juan County closes camping to non-residents

Lockdown order issued on Navajo Nation as coronavirus cases rise | Salt Lake Tribune

Confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus on the Navajo Nation rose to 49 on Tuesday, according to the Office of Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, with most cases concentrated in three northern Arizona counties. The tribal nation’s first case was confirmed in Chilchinbeto, Ariz., last week and positive tests for the virus have grown each … Continue reading Lockdown order issued on Navajo Nation as coronavirus cases rise | Salt Lake Tribune

Health officials ask National Park Service to close Natural Bridges, Hovenweep, Arches and Canyonlands | Salt Lake Tribune

Just as Moab’s hotels, restaurants and guiding services were ramping up for the busy spring season earlier this month, the popular tourist destination shut down. The ever-crowded campgrounds were gated. Restaurants were limited to take-out only. And hotels — which at any given time can lodge more people than the city’s entire population — were … Continue reading Health officials ask National Park Service to close Natural Bridges, Hovenweep, Arches and Canyonlands | Salt Lake Tribune

Bluff Town Council votes to close short-term rentals

March 26, 2020 Note: The Bluff Town Council posted the following letter on Thursday morning: Last night, after much discussion with residents, business owners, and emergency service personnel, the Bluff Town Council voted unanimously to restrict short term rentals. This includes, but is not limited to, motels, hotels, AirBnb and VRBOs, campgrounds and RV parks. … Continue reading Bluff Town Council votes to close short-term rentals

Update from the Bluff Town Council Mayor: 03/23/20

March 23, 2020 By Mayor Ann K. Leppanen The good news is that, as of this morning, there were no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in San Juan County, Utah. Read carefully the next paragraph which is taken directly from the San Juan County Utah Daily Information Report received by me shortly before 5 p.m. today. … Continue reading Update from the Bluff Town Council Mayor: 03/23/20

Stewart Aitchison: Update from a locked-down Peru

By Stewart Aitchison We had had such a wonderful trip last year to Morocco with National Geographic Journeys (run by G Adventures), that when one of the passengers on that trip suggested we join her this year on trip to Peru, we were in. The US government had not issued any travel restrictions regarding the … Continue reading Stewart Aitchison: Update from a locked-down Peru