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In numbers: Tracking COVID-19 Across the Navajo Nation

On Tuesday, Navajo Nation health officials reported 20 new COVID-19 cases for a total of 29,774.

Cases are continuing to decrease dramatically. The seven-day average number of cases is 29.1 per day.

Fourteen new deaths were announced, raising the total to 1,184 lives lost to the virus. At least 16,115 people on the Navajo Nation have recovered.

More than three fourths of the people on the Navajo Nation have received at least one dose of the vaccine, or 77.8 percent of the population as of March 2. Another 27.6 percent are fully vaccinated, according to the Navajo Nation Department of Health. So, far, at least 135,161 people have received at least one dose.

Caution is still warranted: Highly contagious variants of the virus continue to spread, and their impact on the fight against COVID-19 remains uncertain. Health experts recommend continued vigilance in wearing masks, social distancing, and hand-washing. Double-masking also is recommended, as worries over new variants of the virus emerge.

A nightly curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. is in effect indefinitely. The Navajo Nation is closed to visitors.

The estimated percentage of people who tested positive was 4.8 percent on Tuesday. The 7-day average positive test rate was estimated at 8.1 percent. Testing has decreased to only one-third of what it had been in mid-December, raising concern that cases may be undetected.

The World Health Organization recommends a 7-day average positive test rate of less than 10 percent for two weeks in a row. Localities that have a test rate of 3 percent or less are most successful in containing COVID-19, according to the WHO.

At Hopi, the total number of coronavirus cases remained at 1,369 overnight. The Hopi radio station reported on its Facebook page that at least 120 people have died since the pandemic began last year, but the Hopi Tribe has not consistently reported fatalities from the virus.

The following charts and maps show the extent and location of the coronavirus on and near the Navajo Nation.  Hover over, tap or click the map markers and graph for expanded information.

(Last updated March 3, 2021 at 10:27 a.m. MST.)

NOTE: Navajo Nation officials have been reconciling discrepancies for July and August data. At the end of August, in a press release, the president’s office added 165 cases that occurred between April 6 and Aug. 12. Then, on Sept. 8, they added 2 more cases for July. Health officials also added 16 more deaths to the overall tally at the beginning of September.  According to a news release, the deaths ocurred between May and August. Officials blamed several states for delayed results. On Sept. 16, officials added 49 previously unreported cases in New Mexico.