What happened at a religious rally for Navajos in AZ held in March 2020 with no social distancing? The virus spread rapidly.
One story of what’s happening to American Indians: Instead of 5 minutes to list number of cases and the dead it took 45 minutes for a radio station to list the dead.
“When a family member dies, we the Diné, whom Spanish conquistadors named the Navajo, send a notice to our local radio station so that everyone in the community can know. Usually the reading of the death notices—the names of those who have passed on, their ages, where they lived and the names of their matrilineal and patrilineal clans—takes no more than five minutes. It used to be very rare to hear about young people dying. But this past week, I listened to 45 minutes of death notices on KGAK Radio AM 1330. The ages ranged from 26 to 89, with most of the dead having been in their 30s, 40s or 50s.e names.
In Santa Cruz County local health official Gail Newel said she was not sure whether or not the spike in new Covid-19 cases was connected to the recent political rallies. She is re-opening the local beaches because “people are not willing to be governed anymore in that regard”. Children over age two are now required to wear face masks says Newel.
Anyone looking at Seacliff State Beach lately will notice the lack of social distancing by groups of people hanging out in front of the beach restrooms as well as large groups of people using the beach.
And people are leaving their beach litter behind. On Sat. July 18, Live Like Coco sponsored a Seacliff State Beach Cleanup which removed heaps of trash from the beach. About 40+ people attended the Live Like Coco clean up.