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Hopi Tribe Sees Spike In Coronavirus Cases

The Hopi Tribe is seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases. The Hopi Health Care Center reports 253 positive cases as of Monday; 177 of those are tribal members. There are also 20 positive cases among tribal members tested by the Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation, bringing the total number of infected tribal members to 197.

The largest increases were seen in Polacca, Walpi, Sitsomovi, and Tewa with 82 cases (17 new cases since last Thursday) and in Shungopavi with 49 cases (8 new cases since last Thursday).

The data do not include other statewide facilities such as those in Flagstaff or Winslow. Hopi officials say they've requested access to death and recovery data from the state.

Hopi leaders urge residents to follow health guidelines and protect elders and other vulnerable members of the community. The Hopi Health Care Center has tested more than 2,000 people to date.

Meanwhile, the curve is flattening on the Navajo Nation, where just over seven thousand people have tested positive for COVID-19 and 336 people have died from the disease.