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Navajo Nation reports 24 more COVID-19 cases, no new deaths

February 17, 2021 GMT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo Nation officials reported 24 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, but no additional deaths.

The latest numbers bring the total number of cases on the vast reservation that covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah to 29,308 since the pandemic began. There have been 1,112 deaths reported related to COVID-19.

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said in a statement that even those who have been fully vaccinated need to continue taking precautions to avoid spreading the virus. He also commended health care workers for helping to get people vaccinated, especially when compared to the rate in areas surrounding the Navajo Nation.

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The tribe has a nightly curfew in place from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. to limit the spread of the virus.

On Tuesday, the Navajo Department of Health identified 25 communities with uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 from Jan. 29 to Feb. 11. That’s down from 75 communities with the coronavirus spread last month.

Tribal officials said nearly 16,000 people have recovered from COVID-19 on the reservation and more than 240,000 tests have been administered.