CORONAVIRUS

Navajo Nation Reports No COVID-19 Deaths For 8th Day

Apr 19, 2021, 1:40 PM | Updated: 2:05 pm
FILE: An American flag with an image of Native American on it is attached to a fence outside a home...
FILE: An American flag with an image of Native American on it is attached to a fence outside a home in the East To'Hajiilee housing community in To'Hajiilee Indian Reservation (Photo by Sam Wasson/Getty Images)
(Photo by Sam Wasson/Getty Images)

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation said it has had no new COVID-19 related deaths for an eighth consecutive day.

The tribe on Sunday afternoon reported seven new virus cases but no additional deaths on the vast reservation.

The latest numbers bring the Navajo Nation’s pandemic case total to 30,366 with the death toll remaining at 1,262.

Tribal officials said 16,477 people have recovered from COVID-19 thus far.

The tribe slowed its reopening process somewhat after coronavirus variants were confirmed on the reservation, which stretches into New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona.

Tribal officials have urged residents to stay vigilant. They say a recent cluster was due to a family gathering with no masks.

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Navajo Nation Reports No COVID-19 Deaths For 8th Day