March 16, 2020

NHA issues four-day administrative leave over growing concerns regarding COVID-19


WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – The Navajo Housing Authority’s COVID-19 task force has been closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 near the Navajo Nation in coordination with the Navajo Nation’s COVID-19 Preparedness Team. In response to the growing concerns over the outbreak, the NHA has issued a memo requiring mandatory administrative leave for all non-essential employees from March 17, 2020 – March 20, 2020. Essential employees will continue to work their normal schedule, and temporary employees are exempt from administrative leave pursuant to NHA policy.


“The health and well-being of our Navajo Housing Authority (NHA) employees is our top priority,” said NHA CEO Frank Dayish. “The NHA’s internal task force has been evaluating the COVID-19 situation and it is out of pre-caution and concern that NHA is taking actions to impose the preventative measures.”


The closure affects all NHA offices, which will be closed during the four-day length. NHA standby personnel will continue to address emergencies as usual.  During the administrative leave employees are instructed to take the following preventative measures:


  • Isolate themselves to reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19.
  • Avoid hot spot locations, large gatherings (15 people or more), and off-reservation travel to take precautionary steps to prevent the spread of the virus.
  • No direct hand shaking, practice verbal greeting or acknowledgement with minimal physical contact.
  • Wash hands frequently as health officials recommend for 20 seconds.
  • Do not touch your face (mouth, nose, and eyes).
  • Wipe down home and work environment (frequently touched surface areas, i.e. door knobs, tables, hand rails, keyboards, phones, etc.)
  • Stay home and/or seek medical assistance, if showing any symptoms.