The COVID-19 pandemic has affected communities throughout the world, and with over 6,000 positive reported cases of the virus, the Navajo Nation has been hit the hardest. Limited access to healthcare, information, water and other valuable resources have all contributed to the amount of devastation that the virus has caused amongst the Navajo people.
PNM has collaborated with the NTUA and the Navajo Nation on many things over the years, including scholarships for Navajo students, grants for community projects and assisting NTUA to build critical electrical infrastructure to help bring electricity to homes on the Nation.
Now with the Navajo Nation facing the pandemic, these latest efforts will bring a total of 15,000 KN95 face masks, 4,000 medical isolation shields and 5,000 pairs of medical gloves to respond to COVID-19 on the Navajo Nation.
“PNM and the Navajo Nation have a long-standing relationship that we value greatly,” said Pat Vincent-Collawn, President, CEO, and Chairman of PNM Resources. “When a member of your family is hurting, you hurt too, and we hope these supplies will help alleviate some of the stress and despair the Navajo people are experiencing.”
The shipment of supplies is expected to be delivered to the Navajo Nation this week. PPE supplies will also be delivered to area pueblo nations fighting the spread of the pandemic.
“This virus has been exceptionally brutal here on Navajo Nation,” said NTUA General Manager Walter Haase. “We welcome any partnership that will help combat the vicious spread and ultimately help our families and our communities heal.”
“The partnerships and the unity such as that between PNM and NTUA is what makes us stronger and more resilient during this COVID-19 pandemic,” said Jonathan Nez, President of the Navajo Nation. “We truly appreciate the partnerships we have with these entities and we thank them for stepping up to lend their support for our Navajo people.”
If any PNM customers are interesting in helping and would like to donate money, much needed items, or homemade masks to the Navajo Nation, visit www.nndoh.org/donate for more information.
With headquarters in Albuquerque, PNM is the largest electricity provider in New Mexico, serving 530,000 customers in dozens of communities across the state. PNM is a subsidiary of PNM Resources, an energy holding company also headquartered in Albuquerque. For more information, visit www.PNM.com.
The NTUA was established on January 22, 1959, to address the absence of utilities on the Navajo Nation, and NTUA has grown into a thriving tribally-owned enterprise delivering a portfolio of services.
The NTUA is organized for the operation, maintenance and expansion of electric, communications, natural gas, water, wastewater and renewable energy generation, including photovoltaic (solar) services for the Navajo people at a low and reasonable cost.
Other objectives of the NTUA are to promote employment opportunities on the Navajo Nation, and to improve the health and welfare of the residents of the Navajo Nation. For more info: www.ntua.com.