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Reaching out and helping someone
While the Covid-19 crisis has terrified most of us, imagine living on the Navajo Reservation. Housing, information, food and running water have limited availability.
Yermo Welsh, a Kanab travel tour owner (firstname.lastname@example.org), sought to go and start helping. While there have been many other outreach groups helping the folks who live remotely, we just wanted to give a shout-out to him.
Welsh wrote on April 20 that there were over 1127 Covid-19 cases on the Navajo Reservation. As of May 3, there are now 2373 cases, with 73 deaths. During the lockdown, he got permission from the Navajo Tribal Police to begin deliveries. PPE supplies were delivered to Kaibeto, Kayenta and Tuba City.
“I took the supplies to the police station in Tuba City,” said Welsh of the early efforts.
In the following 10 days, 250 face shields, 180 KN95 masks, 45 Tyvek hazmat suits and 1,000 homemade masks were delivered, mostly donated from folks who themselves were out of work as well.
Welsh contacted Dr. Bill Orman, a pediatrician in Tuba City, who suggested places for the outreach. His caring group has reached out to the Navajo Nation, San Juan Paiutes, Hopi, Colorado River Indian Tribes, Hualapai Nation, and Kaibab Paiutes.
“It would be nice to have proper protection,” the physician wrote in an e-mail.
Welsh said that if people want to donate, go to https://www.gofundme.com/f/relief-fund-for-navajo-nation-healthcare-workers. While he has now joined forces with a larger relief organization, he said whatever people can afford would be greatly appreciated.