Navajo Nation reports 54 new COVID-19 cases, 4 more deaths

June 3, 2020 GMT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Department of Health has reported 54 new cases of coronavirus on the Navajo Nation and four more known deaths.

That pushes the numbers to 5,533 positive COVID-19 cases and 252 known deaths as of Tuesday night.

Tribal officials also said preliminary reports from nine health care facilities indicate about 1,960 people have recovered from COVID-19 with more reports still pending.

The vast Navajo Nation reservation stretches into northeastern Arizona, northwestern New Mexico and southeastern Utah.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks.

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But for some — especially older adults and people with existing health problems — it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.