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AP

Navajo Nation leaders have reissued a stay-at-home order. It tightens lockdowns and extends weekend curfews on the reservation meant to limit the spread of COVID-19.

AP

Arizona health officials are reporting 595 new coronavirus cases and 20 additional deaths.

Ross D. Franklin/AP file

Coconino County reported a one-day jump of 105 new known cases of COVID-19 Monday. It’s a major increase, but health officials say a change in how they record infections accounts for the rise. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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Arizona health officials on Friday reported for the second consecutive day a sizable increase in additional COVID-19 cases, again largely attributing the hike to a change in the state’s counting method.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

In the early days of the pandemic Coconino County recruited more than a dozen students from Northern Arizona University to work as contact tracers. Melinda Smith, a Ph.D. candidate in NAU’s Interdisciplinary Health program, was part of the monitoring team that follows up with people who have come into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny spoke with Smith about how the work could be emotionally difficult… and also become politicized over time.


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