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Navajo Nation reports 41 new COVID-19 cases, uncontrolled spread in 65 communities

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The Navajo Nation on Tuesday reported 41 new known cases of COVID-19, but no additional deaths for the second consecutive day.

Based on cases between Nov. 12 and 25, the Navajo Department of Health Monday issued an advisory for 65 communities due to uncontrolled spread of COVID including Tuba City, Kayenta and Ganado.

President Jonathan Nez says health care facilities are experiencing staffing shortages because of the current spike in cases and some COVID patients on the Navajo Nation are being flown off the reservation for treatment.

He continues to urge residents to get vaccinated, get a booster and wear masks in public.

The known COVID death toll on the Navajo Nation stands at more than 1,500 and nearly 40,000 people have been infected since the beginning of the pandemic.