Navajo Nation reports 3 new COVID-19, no additional deaths

June 27, 2021 GMT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation on Sunday reported three new cases of COVID-19, but no additional deaths.

Tribal health officials had announced eight new cases and four deaths on Saturday.

The sprawling reservation that stretches into New Mexico, Arizona and Utah now has seen at least 30,987 known cases of the coronavirus since the pandemic began more than a year ago.

The known death toll remains at 1,352.

Health officials said the first case of the Delta variant has been identified on the reservation.

The variant has become prevalent in the U.S. over the past few weeks and has been detected in many states, including the Four Corners states.

“The good news is that the health care experts state that the vaccines are effective against the variants,” Navajo Nation president Jonathan Nez said in a statement Saturday. “Many of the new infections across the country are individuals who have not been fully vaccinated.”