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Navajo Nation reports 82 new COVID-19 cases, 12 more deaths

February 3, 2021 GMT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo Nation health officials on Tuesday reported 82 new COVID-19 cases and 12 more deaths.

The latest numbers raised the totals to 28,471 cases and 1,032 known deaths since the pandemic began.

The tribe has tribe extended its stay-at-home order with a revised nightly curfew to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The Navajo Department of Health has identified 56 communities with uncontrolled spread of the coronavirus, down from 75 communities in recent weeks.

The Navajo Nation also is lifting weekend lockdowns to allow more vaccination events.

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The actions in the latest public health emergency order will run through at least Feb. 15.

Tribal officials said there have been almost 234,000 COVID-19 tests administered on the vast reservation and nearly 15,000 people have recovered.

The Navajo Nation extends into Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.