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Navajo Nation Says 38 New Coronavirus Cases Is Positive Sign

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – Navajo Nation health authorities announced 38 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday and said it’s a positive sign that drastic measures are working to slow the pandemic on the reservation.

Officials also announced one more death. The virus has killed a total of 378 people with 7,840 people infected by the disease.

“In areas near and around the Navajo Nation, they continue to see sharp increases in new COVID-19 cases, but today the Navajo Nation is reporting 38 new cases,” Navajo President Jonathan Nez said in a news release. “This is a strong indication that mask requirements, weekend lockdowns, daily curfews and other measures recommended by our health care experts are making a difference.”

Leaders have used weekend lockdowns and daily curfews to control the spread of COVID-19 as the reservation had been one of the most heavily impacted areas in the country. Lizer said recently that those efforts have started to flatten the curve.

Lizer ordered three more consecutive weekend lockdowns last month. The first ended Monday at 7 a.m. The next lockdown takes effect on Friday at 8 p.m. and will last through 5 a.m. Monday.

In addition, tribal authorities have enforced nightly curfews.

The Navajo Nation reservation is roughly the size of West Virginia and covers parts of Utah, Arizona and New Mexico in the Four Corners Area.

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