Navajo Nation reports 135 new COVID-19 cases, 8 more deaths

Window Rock, Ariz. • Navajo Nation health officials on Wednesday reported 135 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and eight additional deaths.

The latest figures bring the total number of known cases to 13,880 with 613 known deaths.

Tribal health officials said 141,751 people have been tested for COVID-19 since the pandemic started and 8,011 have recovered.

On Monday, the Navajo Nation reinstated a stay-at-home lockdown for the entire reservation. Under the order, tribal offices will be closed and new closures and safety measures will be required for businesses.

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.

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.