Navajo Nation Approaches 30K COVID-19 Cases Since Pandemic Onset

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Navajo Nation Approaches 30K COVID-19 Cases Since Pandemic Onset


Officials on Thursday reported 18 new cases and six more deaths.

(Carolyn Kaster | AP file photo) In 2020, a Rubicon team volunteer conducts a COVID-19 test in the emergency room at the Kayenta Health Center on the Navajo Reservation in Kayenta, Arizona.

Window Rock, Arizona • The Navajo Nation reported six more deaths and 18 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday as the total number of cases approaches 30,000 since the start of the pandemic.

The latest figures brought the tribe’s pandemic total to 29,987 confirmed cases and 1,228 known deaths.

The Navajo Nation had a smooth reopening Monday with 25% capacity for some businesses under certain restrictions.

Yet mask warrants and daily curfews remain.

“A few days ago, we only reported two new cases of COVID-19 and today we have 18,” Tribe President Jonathan Nez said in a statement. “This is very worrying because we know that there are variants of the COVID-19 virus that continue to spread across the country.

“While we do not have any confirmed variant cases here on the Navajo Nation, we strongly urge all of our residents to limit their travel to only essential activities,” Nez added. “Now is not the time to go on vacation or have large in-person gatherings… We cannot let another wave happen here on the Navajo Nation. “

The reservation covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah.

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