Navajo Nation reports 158 new COVID-19 cases, but no deaths

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Navajo Mountain Health Clinic Manager Revina Talker talks with lab technician Roxanna Yazzie while tending to a 74-year-old Diné patient, Aug., 25, 2020. “I think we’re going to have to get ready for the next round,” said Talker of her staff’s response to the coronavirus and the impending flu season. On Sept. 9, the Navajo Nation reported no new coronavirus cases, a first since March 13.

Window Rock, Ariz. • Navajo Nation health officials have reported 158 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 but no additional deaths.

The latest figures released Saturday night bring the total number of known cases to 12,447 with 591 known deaths.

Tribal health officials said 131,525 people have been tested for COVID-19 since the pandemic started and 7,641 have recovered.

The Navajo Nation Department of Health previously issued a health advisory warning to residents about the uncontrolled spread of the coronavirus that has affected 29 communities throughout the reservation, which spans more than 27,000 square miles in parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

Officials have urged residents to wear face masks, practice social distancing and limit gatherings to fewer than five people.

A daily curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. also remains 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.

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