Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said in a statement on Twitter that health officials reported that the total death toll for the tribe was 1,299, with the total number of cases being 30,767. 29,000 of those infected have recovered from their symptoms.
Nez continued to encourage the tribe to take health precautions associated with COVID-19.
12 new cases, 29,376 recoveries and two more deaths linked to COVID-19 pic.twitter.com/oQINACbGgu
– Jonathan Nez, President of the Navajo Nation (@NNPrezNez) May 22, 2021
“When you wear a mask, you are a warrior because you are protecting yourself and others from the virus,” Nez also said in the statement. “Please continue to wear masks in public, wash your hands often, practice social distancing, avoid large in-person gatherings, and limit travel as much as possible. “
The Navajo Nation tribe, which stretches across Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico, had reported the highest per capita infection rate in the United States at the height of the pandemic, said CNBC reported.
The country has already reported “uncontrolled spread” of the virus late last year in its 75 communities, according to NPR.
The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the disproportion of tribal nations hard, with Native Americans dying twice as many as whites, NPR reported.