WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — On the day, the United States reached six million cases of COVID-19 cases, the Navajo Nation reported it reached 9,800 positive cases of the deadly virus that has left 502 dead since March 17, 2020 when the tribal nation first began reporting its COVID-19 cases.

On Sunday, the Navajo Department of Health, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, reported 11 new COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation and one more death. The total number of deaths has reached 502 as of Sunday. Reports indicate that 7,057 individuals have recovered from COVID-19 and 94,403 COVID-19 tests have been administered. 

Navajo Nation COVID-19 positive cases by Service Unit:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 2,325
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 804
  • Ft. Defiance Service Unit: 907
  • Gallup Service Unit: 1,569
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 1,300
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 1,500
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 932
  • Winslow Service Unit: 457

* Six residences with COVID-19 positive cases are not specific enough to place them accurately in a Service Unit.

The Navajo Nation’s 32-hour weekend lockdown is currently in effect and will last until Monday, Aug. 31 at 5:00 a.m.

"As we proceed closer to the start of the flu season, we have to continue wearing our masks and practicing all of the preventative measures that we have in place for COVID-19. I believe that if we continue wearing masks, practicing social distancing, staying home as much as possible, avoiding large crowds, and washing your hands often, it will help keep the number of flu cases relatively low as well. We have to keep fighting COVID-19 together and that will help us during the flu season as well. We will be much better prepared,” Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said. 

On Sunday, the state of Utah reported 448 new cases of COVID-19, the state of Arizona reported 374 new cases, and New Mexico reported 107.

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