Navajo Nation reports 6 new COVID-19 cases, 2 more deaths

Vehicles line up at patrons wait for COVID-19 tests at a drive-thru testing center Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

The Navajo Nation on Monday reported six additional COVID-19 cases and two more deaths from the virus.

The latest numbers pushed the tribe’s totals to 29,873 confirmed cases and 1,203 known deaths since the pandemic began a year ago.

Health facilities on the reservation and in border towns are conducting drive-thru vaccine events or administering doses by appointment. The Navajo-area Indian Health Service has vaccinated more than 135,000 people so far.

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez says home is still the safest place for people to be despite the relaxing of some restrictions in neighboring states, including Arizona.

A daily curfew from 9 a.m. to 5 a.m. and a mask mandate remain in effect for residents of the vast reservation that covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah to prevent the spread of the virus.

Republished with the permission of the Associated Press.