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Navajo Nation reports 183 new COVID-19 cases, 2 more deaths

December 14, 2020 GMT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo Nation health officials have reported 183 new COVID-19 cases and two more deaths.

As of Saturday night, the tribe has now reported 19,608 cases and 720 known deaths since the pandemic began.

Navajo Department of Health officials said more than 182,000 people on the vast reservation that includes parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah have been tested for COVID-19 and over 10,000 have recovered.

Tribal officials have said nearly all intensive care unit beds on the reservation are being used as COVID-19 cases surge.

They warn that the tribe is nearing a point where health care workers will have to make difficult decisions about providing care with limited hospital resources.

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The tribe has extended its stay-at-home order though Dec. 28 in an attempt to stop the spread of the virus.