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Navajo Nation health officials report nearly 100 new COVID-19 cases

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Navajo Nation health officials confirmed 96 new known cases of COVID-19 Wednesday and one additional death.

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez says virus case numbers are higher in off-reservation and border communities. He’s continuing to urge residents to be cautious when traveling to neighboring cities and states where safety measures aren’t always as strict as the reservation’s.

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

More than 1,500 people have died from COVID on the Navajo Nation since the beginning of the pandemic and nearly 38,500 have been infected.