Navajo Nation reports 30 new COVID-19 cases, 2 more deaths

July 18, 2021 GMT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation has reported 30 new COVID-19 cases and two more deaths.

Navajo Department of Health officials said 17 of the cases were from Saturday with the other 13 reported Sunday.

They say the two deaths were reported Saturday.

The latest numbers brought the total number of coronavirus-related deaths of the vast reservation to 1,366 since the pandemic began more than a year ago.

Health officials said the total number of cases would be announced Monday. It stood at 31,160 cases as of Friday.

The Navajo Nation recently relaxed restrictions to allow visitors to travel on the reservation and visit popular attractions like Canyon de Chelly and Monument Valley.

The reservation is the country’s largest at 27,000 square miles (70,000 square kilometers) and it covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

While cases are down, Navajo leaders are urging residents to continue wearing masks and get vaccinated.