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COVID-19 Cases Increase Across Arizona, Navajo Nation

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The Arizona Department of Health says there were 2,269 confirmed cases of coronavirus with the death toll at 64 as of Sunday.

Health officials say every county in the state has diagnosed coronavirus cases. About half of Arizona’s cases and deaths have been in Maricopa County, which includes the metro Phoenix area.

President Donald Trump on Saturday approved Governor Doug Ducey’s request for a major disaster declaration.

The approval opens the door for the state to receive additional federal assistance during the COVID-19 crisis.

The total number of positive tests for COVID-19 on the Navajo Nation has reached 354 as of Sunday. That’s an increase of 33 cases since Saturday, according to the Navajo Department of Health and Navajo Area Indian Health Service. There is now a total of 14 confirmed deaths related to COVID-19 on the Navajo Nation. There were 1,796 negative results on the Navajo Nation as of Thursday.

The Navajo Police continue to issue citations and fines for individuals who violate the Navajo Nation’s “Stay at Home Order” and daily curfew that requires all residents to be home between 8:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.

Navajo Police Chief Phillip B. Francisco says police are also setting up checkpoints on roadways to further enforce the orders, check essential work documentation, and direct those who are not on essential travel to return home.

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