Navajo Nation reports 27 new COVID-19 cases, 2 more deaths

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FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2021, file photo, health care workers receive a COVID-19 vaccination at Ritchie Valens Recreation Center, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Pacoima, Calif. The rapid expansion of vaccinations to senior citizens across the U.S. has led to bottlenecks, system crashes and hard feelings in many states because of overwhelming demand for the shots. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Navajo Nation officials reported 27 new confirmed COVID-19 cases Wednesday with two additional deaths.

The latest numbers bring the total number of cases on the vast reservation that covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah to 29,336 since the pandemic began. There have been 1,114 reported deaths that were related to COVID-19.

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said in a statement that even those who have been fully vaccinated need to continue taking precautions to avoid spreading the virus.

He also commended health care workers for helping to get people vaccinated, especially when compared to the rate in areas surrounding the Navajo Nation.

The tribe has a nightly curfew in place from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. to limit the spread of the virus.

On Tuesday, the Navajo Department of Health identified 25 communities with uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 from Jan. 29 to Feb. 11. That’s down from 75 communities with the coronavirus spread last month.

Tribal officials said nearly 16,000 people have recovered from COVID-19 on the reservation and more than 240,500 tests have been administered.

Republished with the permission of the Associated Press.