Navajo Nation reports 26 new COVID-19 cases, 10 more deaths

April 26, 2021 GMT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation is reporting 26 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and 10 additional deaths.

Tribal health officials released figures combining new cases found on Saturday and Sunday.

This brings the total number of virus-related deaths on the vast reservation that covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah to 1,273.

Officials did not immediately have a new toll for total COVID-19 cases but there have been more than 30,400 cases documented.

The Navajo Department of Health on Monday is expected to loosen some virus-driven restrictions and transition to “yellow status.” Restaurants will be allowed to have in-door and outdoor dining at 25% capacity and 50% capacity, respectively. Parks will be permitted to open at 25% capacity but only for residents and employees. Navajo casinos will be able to open at 50% capacity but only for residents and staff as well.

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez says more than half of the reservation’s adult population has been vaccinated. But people still need to stay home as much as possible, wear masks and avoid large gatherings.