Navajo Nation has no COVID-19 deaths for 2nd consecutive day

Korene Atene, a certified nursing assistant with the Monument Valley Health Center, gets information from people lined up to get tested for COVID-19 outside of the center in Oljato-Monument Valley, San Juan County, on Thursday, April 16, 2020. The Navajo Nation had one of the highest per capita COVID-19 infection rates in the country. (Kristin Murphy/The Deseret News via AP)

Navajo Nation health officials reported 20 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus Tuesday, but no additional deaths for the second consecutive day.

The latest figures bring the total number of cases to 10,333 with the known death toll remaining at 555.

Tribal officials said 106,194 people have been tested on the vast reservation that covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah and 7,255 have recovered from COVID-19.

The Navajo Nation has implemented a stricter weekend lockdown as it looks into new clusters of coronavirus cases from family gatherings and off-reservation travel.

Residents now are being required to stay home from Friday evening until early Monday morning. More recent weekend lockdowns were a day shorter.

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

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

Republished with the permission of the Associated Press.