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Navajo Nation reports 11 new COVID-19 cases, 1 new death

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Navajo Nation health officials report 11 new confirmed cases of coronavirus and one additional death.

The latest numbers released Sunday bring the total number of people infected to 9,800 with 502 known deaths.

Tribal health officials said 94,403 people have been tested for COVID-19 and 7,057 have recovered.

The Navajo Nation lifted its stay-at-home order on Aug. 16, but is asking residents to leave their homes only for emergencies or essential activities.

Much of the Navajo Nation has been closed since March as the coronavirus swept through the vast reservation that extends into New Mexico, Utah and Arizona.

The majority of people who are diagnosed with COVID-19 recover. For some people it causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough.

But for others who contract the virus, especially those who are older or have underlying health conditions, it can cause more severe illness and death.

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