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AZ COVID-19 Case Update

Arizona is reporting close to 2,000 new confirmed COVID-19 cases but no new deaths. The state Department of Health Services released its latest figures Monday, bringing Arizona’s pandemic totals to more than one million, with nearly 20,000 fatalities. Deaths are considered a trailing metric in the pandemic, with increases in the number of deaths usually trailing those of cases and hospitalizations. Hospitalizations dipped somewhat from the previous day. Meanwhile, vaccination numbers have inched up with 57.9% of the eligible population in Arizona - or more than 4.1 million people - receiving at least one vaccine dose.

The Navajo Nation on Monday reported 20 more COVID-19 cases, but no additional deaths. The latest numbers pushed the tribe’s totals to 33,800 confirmed COVID-19 cases from the virus since the pandemic began more than a year ago and 1,442 known deaths. Based on cases from Sept. 10-23, the Navajo Department of Health issued an advisory for 40 communities due to an uncontrolled spread of COVID-19. Navajo officials are urging people to get vaccinated, wear masks while in public and minimize their travel. Officials said all Navajo Nation executive branch employees will need to be fully vaccinated against the virus by the end of this month or submit to regular testing.