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Navajo Nation reports 7 new COVID-19 cases and 1 more death

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation on Sunday reported seven new confirmed COVID-19 cases and one additional death.

Tribal health officials said the latest figures released pushed the total number of cases since the pandemic began more than a year ago to 30,715 on the vast reservation that covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

The known death toll now is 1,293.

After four days of no reported coronavirus-related deaths, tribal health officials said there 12 new COVID-19 cases Friday and five deaths — including several that were delayed in reporting — and 15 cases with one death Saturday.

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said more than half of the reservation’s adult population has been vaccinated, but people still need to stay home as much as possible, wear masks and avoid large gatherings.

Health care facilities on the Navajo Nation started vaccinating adolescents in the 12-to-15 age range late last week.

“This is an opportunity for families to get vaccinated together. Individually and collectively, we have to continue to stay informed and be proactive about protecting ourselves and others and that includes wearing masks in public,” Nez said in a statement Sunday.

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