Navajo Nation reports 9 new coronavirus cases, 1 more death

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Lights shines from within a home at the break of dawn on the Navajo Nation, June 23, 2020.

Window Rock, Ariz. • Navajo Nation health officials report nine new confirmed cases of coronavirus and one additional death.

The latest numbers released Saturday night brings the total number of people infected to 9,789 with 501 known deaths.

Tribal health officials said 94,287 people have been tested for COVID-19 and 7,054 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.

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