Navajo Nation reports 37 new COVID-19 cases and 1 more death

August 15, 2021 GMT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation on Sunday reported 37 more COVID-19 cases and one additional death as the tribe gets ready to return to “Orange Status” on Monday due to the recent rise of coronavirus cases.

The latest numbers pushed the tribe’s totals to 31,920 cases and 1,390 known deaths since the pandemic began more than a year ago.

The Navajo Nation had reported 67 cases and one death on Friday and 62 cases plus two deaths Saturday.

On Aug. 9, the Navajo Department of Health issued a health advisory notice for 19 communities due to uncontrolled spread of COVID-19.

The Navajo Department of Health on Thursday issued three new public health emergency orders for businesses and schools while revising in-person gathering limits for certain events.

The tribe’s mask mandate remains in effect, but there is no daily curfew or lockdown on the reservation that is the country’s largest at 27,000 square miles (70,000 square kilometers) and covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

The 50% maximum occupancy level remains in place for restaurants (including indoor dining, drive-thru, curbside and outdoor dining) plus tribal casinos, hotels, campgrounds and RV parks.