Navajo Nation reports 38 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths

August 28, 2021 GMT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation reported 38 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Friday and no new deaths.

Tribal President Jonathan Nez said the daily increase in cases is in line with other places around the country. He urged residents of the vast reservation that extends into New Mexico, Utah and Arizona to limit travel, wear a mask and social distance.

“We have to be diligent and continue to follow the guidelines and protocols provided by the CDC and our public health experts,” he said in a statement.

The new cases bring the total on the reservation to 32,469 since the pandemic began, according to tribal health officials. The death toll remains at 1,400.

Nez recently issued an order that requires all executive branch employees to be fully vaccinated by the end of September or submit to regular testing.

The Navajo Nation Council approved a bill this week to extend that requirement to all tribal government employees, and to urge schools, businesses and other entities that operate on the reservation to adopt vaccine mandates, the Farmington Daily Times reported. It is awaiting action by Nez.