Navajo Nation reports 27 new COVID-19 cases, 2 more deaths

(Leah Hogsten | Tribune file photo) Visitors entering Montezuma Creek Community Health Center are screened for possible COVID-19 symptoms with a temperature check, June 24, 2020.

Window Rock, Ariz. • Navajo Nation health officials report 27 new cases of COVID-19 with two additional deaths.

The latest numbers released Wednesday night bring the total number of cases to 10,546 including 18 additional cases that were previously unreported due to delayed reporting or reconciliation.

The death toll now stands at 562 since the pandemic began.

Tribal health officials said 110,405 people on the vast reservation that covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah have been tested for the coronavirus and 7,301 have recovered.

A shelter-in-place order, mask mandate, daily curfews and weekend lockdowns remain in effect on the Navajo Nation.

Most people experience mild or moderate symptoms with the coronavirus, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks.

But for some — especially older adults and people with existing health problems — it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.