Navajo Nation reports no COVID-related deaths 3rd day in row

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)

The Navajo Nation on Tuesday reported three new COVID-19 cases but no additional deaths.

It was the third consecutive day that the tribe has not recorded a coronavirus-related death.

The death toll remains at 1,233 since the pandemic began with the number of confirmed cases at 30,010 on the vast reservation that covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

The Navajo Nation had a soft reopening last week with 25% capacity for some businesses under certain restrictions.

Still, mask mandates and daily curfews remain.

“We have to stay strong and keep pushing back on this virus together,” tribal President Jonathan Nez said in a statement. “We all know how quickly COVID-19 infections can spread and lead to another surge, so please continue to listen to our public health experts.

“Limit your travel to essential activities only and keep wearing one or two masks in public. Our hospitals on the Navajo Nation cannot afford to have another large surge in new cases of COVID-19,” Nez added. “Keep staying home as much as possible, wear a mask, avoid large gatherings and crowds, practice social distancing, and wash your hands often with soap and warm water.”

Republished with the permission of the Associated Press.