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Navajo Nation reports 80 new COVID-19 cases, but no deaths

November 3, 2021 GMT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation on Wednesday reported 80 more COVID-19 cases, but no coronavirus-related deaths for the 23rd time in the past 35 days.

The latest numbers pushed the tribe’s totals to 37,043 confirmed COVID-19 cases from the virus since the pandemic began more than a year ago.

The known death toll remains at 1,487.

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.

“With many of our students back in the classrooms, we strongly encourage all families to get their children vaccinated,” tribal President Jonathan Nez said in a statement. “The vaccines should be available at all health care facilities in the next few days... We are in this together and we need more of our people to get vaccinated to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”

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.