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Navajo officials report 38 new COVID-19 cases amid worries about the Omicron variant

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Navajo health officials Sunday reported 38 new known cases of COVID-19 and two recent deaths. Tribal officials say they’re concerned about the new Omicron variant of the virus even though it hasn’t yet appeared in the U.S. or on the reservation.

The Navajo Nation Sunday reported 38 new known cases of COVID-19 and two recent deaths.

Tribal officials say they’re concerned about the new Omicron variant of the virus even though it hasn’t yet appeared in the U.S. or on the reservation.

Dr. Jill Jim, executive director of the Navajo Department of Health, is urging the public to continue wearing masks in public, practicing physical distancing and limiting travel and in-person gatherings as the tribe remains in a state of public health emergency.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 1,500 people have died from COVID. Fifty-eight percent of residents on the Navajo Nation have been fully vaccinated.