Navajo Nation reports 10 new COVID-19 cases and 1 more death

Window Rock, Ariz. • Navajo Nation health officials have reported 10 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 with one additional death.

That brings the total number of people infected to 9,557 with the known death toll now at 494 as of Monday night.

Navajo Department of Health officials said 92,358 people have been tested for the coronavirus and 7,063 have recovered.

The Navajo Nation lifted its stay-at-home order on Aug. 16, but is asking residents to leave their homes only for emergencies or essential activities.

Much of the Navajo Nation has been closed since March as the coronavirus swept through the vast reservation that extends into New Mexico, Utah and Arizona.

The majority of people who are diagnosed with COVID-19 recover. For some people it causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough.

But for others who contract the virus, especially those who are older or have underlying health conditions, it can cause more severe illness and death.