Navajo Nation reports 42 new COVID-19 cases but no deaths

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Monument Valley Health Clinic nurse Ernestine Harrison disinfects and wipes down the clinic's treatment rooms, Aug., 24, 2020. Like the three other Utah Navajo Health System clinics in San Juan County, very few patients are admitted into the building for treatment. Most patients are required to remain in their car whether they have an appointment with the doctor or picking up prescription refills.

Window Rock, Ariz. • Navajo Nation health officials are confirming 42 new cases of COVID-19 but no new deaths.

The figures released Sunday night bring the total number of cases to 10,955. The known death toll remained at 573.

Tribal health officials said 116,368 people on the vast reservation that covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah have been tested for COVID-19 since the pandemic started and 7,381 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.