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Navajo Nation COVID-19 Patients Shelter In Gallup Motels

Published: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - 12:13pm
Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - 2:34pm
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The Navajo Nation is at the center of the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the weekend of May 9, they hit a grim milestone: 100 deaths related to COVID-19. There have been more than 3,000 positive cases there, and the numbers keep growing.

The city of Gallup, New Mexico, was under lockdown until May 11 as cases there rose — especially among the homeless population — and healthcare workers were stretched thin. 

The Show spoke to one of those healthcare workers.

Aylin Ulku is a clinician educator at the University of California San Francisco, and she specializes in global health care. Ulku has worked in Africa and has had a relationship with the Navajo Nation as part of UCSF’s HEAL Initiative.

Now, she’s volunteering in Gallup, living in a hotel and treating patients at a local motel where they are quarantined. She sees 25-30 patients a day in full personal protective gear there, and said the work is both deeply gratifying and difficult.

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