Monument Valley would normally be teeming with tourists at this time of year — instead it’s become the latest COVID-19 hotspot inside the hard-hit Navajo Nation, America’s biggest Native American territory.
The park’s colossal sandstone formations are immortalized in film, the setting of many of John Wayne’s gun fights.
Today, however, they form the backdrop to family doctor Wendell Key’s rounds, as he goes from car to car in the parking lot of a small health center where patients receive coronavirus consultations in their vehicles.
Dollie Crank, 63, previously tested positive and was self-quarantining at home, but her symptoms — including, crucially, her shortness of breath — are getting worse.
“I’d feel safer for her to go to hospital,” says Key, wearing a gown and N-95 respirator as he uses a stethoscope to listen to her chest.
“She’ll need oxygen, and probably if it progresses further she may need other ventilatory assistance.”
Crank, for her part, puts on a brave face between coughing fits. “I’m not really worried because I know I can make it through,” she says before driving off in her pick-up truck, bound for a hospital.
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