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Navajo Nation reports 89 new known COVID-19 cases, one more death

AP, file

Navajo Nation health officials reported 89 new known cases of COVID-19 and one more death Sunday.

Navajo President Jonathan Nez says infection numbers are high in the region and even higher in communities bordering the Navajo Nation.

He’s urging residents to be careful when traveling to neighboring cities and states where safety measures aren’t always as strict.

The tribe has maintained a mask mandate throughout most of the pandemic.

On Sunday, Nez visited a vaccination drive in Chinle sponsored by the Indian Health Service. More than 1,500 people have died on the Navajo Nation from COVID since the beginning of the pandemic.