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Navajo Nation reports 22 new COVID-19 cases and 1 more death

July 15, 2021 GMT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation on Thursday reported 22 new COVID-19 cases and one more death.

The figures released by the Navajo Department of Health brought the total number of cases on the vast reservation to 31,154 since the pandemic began. The death toll now is at 1,364.

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.

“The data across the country shows that the large majority of new infections and deaths are those who are not vaccinated,” tribal President Jonathan Nez said in a statement. “The vaccines are highly effective against COVID-19 and the variants.”