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Navajo Nation Reports 6 New Known COVID-19 Cases, 2 More Deaths

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Navajo Nation health officials Monday reported six new known cases of COVID-19 and two more deaths.

It represents a dramatic flattening of cases for the tribe that had the highest rate of infections in the nation last year.

According to President Jonathan Nez, Monday marked 22 straight days with fewer than 50 new confirmed infections. He continues, however, to urge residents to stay home and abide by safety measures.

"We are cautiously optimistic that we will continue to see more improvements as long as all residents of the Navajo Nation continue to take all precautions ... Some states are lifting all restrictions, but we will continue to take a conservative approach as we move forward while prioritizing the health and well-being of our people," he said in a press release.

Health care facilities across the Navajo Nation are offering vaccines. In all, more than 1,200 people have died on the reservation from COVID and almost 30,000 have tested positive since the pandemic began.

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