ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Navajo Nation has a higher rate of reported COVID-19 cases than New York City, according to an analysis of state and local data sources.
In fact, it appears to have the highest rates in the country, surpassing previous hot spots New York state and New Jersey.
According to the Navajo Department of Health, the reservation had 4,253 cases of the illness caused by coronavirus as of Wednesday night. This means it has a rate of 2,449 cases per 100,000 based on 2010 census data that reported 173,667 people living on the reservation, which spans parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. One hundred forty-six people have died and at least 1,026 have recovered.
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