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Navajo Nation reports 51 more COVID-19 cases, 1 more death

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Navajo Nation health officials have reported 51 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one additional death.

The total number of people infected on the reservation now stands at 9,019 with 454 known deaths as of Thursday night.

Tribal health officials said 80,280 people have undergone testing and 6,627 have recovered from the virus.

The Navajo Nation once had one of the highest per-capita rates of coronavirus infections in the U.S.

The daily number of reported cases has declined overall, but nighttime curfews, weekend lockdowns and a mask mandate remain because of recent surges in COVID-19 off the reservation, which covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks.

But for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness including pneumonia and death.