Navajo Nation reports 14 new COVID-19 cases and 1 more death

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) In March, the coronavirus came to the small community of Utah's Navajo Mountain after residents attended a religious revival. Signs reminding residents and visitors that masks are required are posted throughout the town, Aug., 25, 2020. Much of the Navajo Nation has been closed since March after the coronavirus swept through the vast reservation that extends into New Mexico, Utah and Arizona.

Window Rock, Ariz.Navajo Nation health officials are confirming 14 new cases of COVID-19 and one additional death.

The figures released Monday night bring the total number of cases to 10,969 with the known death toll now at 574.

Tribal health officials said 116,676 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 7,396 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.