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Navajo Nation reports 36 more COVID-19 cases, 2 more deaths

August 9, 2020 GMT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo Nation health officials have reported 36 more cases of COVID-19 and two additional deaths.

That brings the total number of people infected to 9,293 and the known death toll to 470 as of Saturday night.

Navajo Department of Health officials said 84,537 people have been tested for the coronavirus and 6,810 have recovered.

Tribal President Jonathan Nez said his administration partnered with the Winslow Indian Health Care Center to distribute food and essential supplies Saturday to 571 families in the communities of Winslow, Leupp, and Dilkon to help keep people home and safe.

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The Navajo Nation changed its 57-hour weekend lockdown to a 32-hour weekend lockdown that began at 9 p.m. Saturday and will end at 5 a.m. Monday.

Tribal officials said the daily curfew also will be changed to those same hours on the vast reservation that covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

The vast 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 some people who contract the virus, especially those who are older or have underlying health conditions, it can cause more severe illness and death.