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Navajo Nation reports 42 new coronavirus cases and no deaths

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Navajo Nation health officials on Thursday reported 42 new confirmed cases of coronavirus but no additional deaths.

The Navajo Department of Health said the number of known COVID-19-related deaths remains at 551 since the pandemic began.

The total number of confirmed cases now stands at 10,212.

Tribal health officials said 103,959 people have been tested for the coronavirus and 7,242 have recovered on the vast reservation that covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

The number of infections is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick.

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.