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AZ COVID-19 case update for Wednesday, December 29, 2021: omicron yet to be detected on Navajo Nation

Arizona on Wednesday reported more than 3,400 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases and 27 more deaths as several pandemic metrics showed decreases across the state.

Virus-related hospitalizations dipped for the first time in two weeks, according to the state’s coronavirus dashboard.

Data from Johns Hopkins University show Arizona’s seven-day rolling averages of daily new cases and daily deaths have both decreased since December 13.

The Navajo Nation reported 19 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday and no additional deaths.

Tribal leaders continue to push for residents to take precautions aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19, including mask wearing, social distancing and frequent hand washing. They also urged people to get vaccines and booster shots.

The omicron variant has not been detected in swab samples on the Navajo Nation, but Tribal leaders say that doesn’t mean it’s not there.