Native American communities have endured more than their fair share of struggles, long before the coronavirus pandemic hit. And now that it's arrived, it's having a disproportionate impact on Navajo Nation, the largest indigenous community in the U.S.
Per capita, Navajo Nation is one of the hardest hit areas of the country, but it doesn't have the infrastructure or resources to wage the battle that needs to be fought. Thirty percent of people living there don't have running water, and forty percent don't have electricity. Though it's approximately the size of West Virginia, Navajo Nation only has 13 grocery stores, 12 health facilities, 170 hospital beds, and 13 ICU beds. That's not really adequate for a population of 175,000 people under normal circumstances, but during a pandemic it's a tragic underservice.
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