Navajo Nation reports no new coronavirus cases, but 4 deaths
(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Signs all over the Navajo Nation encourage people to wash their hands, wear a mask, social distance and mind the curfew, June 22, 2020. More than one-third of Navajo Nation households lack running water. Families fill jugs at communal wells or buy bottled water from stores — both costly and time-consuming burdens that have become only more difficult during the pandemic and the tribe’s daily and weekend curfews.
Window Rock, Ariz. • Navajo Nation health officials on Tuesday reported no new confirmed cases of coronavirus but four additional deaths.
The latest numbers increase the total number of people infected to 9,903 with 527 known deaths.
Tribal health officials said the case total includes two previously unreported positive cases from July.
They said 97,644 people have been tested for COVID-19 and 7,157 have recovered.
Officials reported one new coronavirus case Monday and no additional deaths.
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.
Tribal officials are extending partial weekend lockdowns and daily curfews through September to help control the spread of the coronavirus.
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.