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Navajo Nation Reports 19 New Known COVID-19 Infections, 7 More Deaths

Ryan Heinsius

The Navajo Nation reported 19 new known COVID-19 infections and seven more deaths Thursday as infections continue to flatten on the reservation.

Health officials are aggressively vaccinating residents. According to the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, more than 141,000 shots have so far been administered and about 30% of the reservation’s population has been fully inoculated. Health care facilities on the Navajo Nation are offering vaccines at drive-thru events and by appointment.

Still, Navajo President Jonathan Nez is urging members against off-reservation travel and to avoid gatherings, wear masks and take COVID safety precautions.

Nearly 30,000 people on the reservation have tested positive for COVID since the beginning of the pandemic and almost 1,200 have died.

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