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Navajo Nation reports 85 more COVID-19 cases, 4 more deaths

November 7, 2021 GMT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation has reported 85 more COVID-19 cases and four additional deaths.

It marked just the 15th time in the last 38 days that the tribe has recorded a coronavirus-related death.

The latest numbers released Saturday pushed the tribe’s totals to 37,345 confirmed COVID-19 cases from the virus since the pandemic began more than a year ago.

The known death toll now is at 1,498.

The tribe reported no COVID-related deaths 23 times in a 35-day span before reporting five deaths on Thursday and one death on Friday along with 88 new cases.

Based on cases from Oct. 15-28, the Navajo Department of Health issued an advisory for 58 communities due to uncontrolled spread of COVID-19.

Tribal officials still are urging people to get vaccinated, wear masks while in public and minimize their travel.

All Navajo Nation executive branch employees had to be fully vaccinated against the virus by the end of September or submit to regular testing.

The tribe’s reservation is the country’s largest at 27,000 square miles (70,000 square kilometers) and covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.