Navajo Nation reports 177 more COVID-19 cases, 5 new deaths

Window Rock, Ariz. • The Navajo Nation is reporting more than 170 new COVID-19 cases and five additional deaths.

Navajo health officials announced Sunday a new tally of 177 newly confirmed virus cases, bringing the total to 16,427, including 27 delayed unreported cases. The death toll from COVID-19 on the vast reservation that includes parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah now stands at 653.

So far, 8,676 have recovered from COVID-19, and 157,860 COVID-19 tests have been administered.

Residents remain under a stay-at-home order, with an exception for essential workers and essential needs like food, medication and emergencies. Essential businesses also have been ordered to limit their hours to between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily. A mask requirement has been in place for much of the year.

Indian Health Service facilities on the reservation continue to offer drive-thru COVID-19 testing.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death. The vast majority of people recover.