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In numbers: Tracking COVID-19 Across the Navajo Nation

NOTE: No data was reported for Sunday, as health officials were off for Mother’s Day. Reporting is expected to resume at the end of today (May 10).

On Saturday, Navajo Nation health officials reported 12 new COVID-19 cases. A total of 30,590 people have been sickened or died from the coronavirus.

The seven-day average of new cases is 16 percent lower than two weeks ago. It is 12 new cases per day.

The number of deaths has remained relatively flat. One new death was reported yesterday. A total of 1,284 people have died from the virus.  At least 29,224 people on the Navajo Nation have recovered.

More than  9 of 10 people on the Navajo Nation have received at least one dose of the vaccine, or 92.5 percent of the population as of May 6, according to health officials. A spokesperson for the  Navajo Area IHS says 244,209 people get health care from it. Of those, 225,819 have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. That number includes 100,101 people, or 41.0 percent,  who are fully vaccinated, according to the spokesperson.

Despite the high vaccination rate, caution is warranted: Highly contagious variants of the virus continue to spread. The more lethal U.K. variant, known as B.1.1.7, has been found on the Navajo Nation in a fully vaccinated individual. who has recovered. Six cases involving COVID-19 variants have been found on the Navajo Nation. Currently, five cases of the California variant has been found in the Gallup, Chinle and Shiprock service units.

Many jurisdictions near the Navajo Nation are relaxing COVID restrictions. Some health experts warn that easing up right now is too soon. It could lead to an increase in new cases. However, with cases at an all-time low, the Navajo Nation eased some indoor restrictions and opening parks to residents only on April 26.

Health experts recommend continued vigilance in wearing masks, social distancing, avoiding socializing with people outside your immediate household, and hand-washing. Double-masking also is recommended. Face masks are still required outdoors on the Navajo Nation, even though the U.S. Centers for Disease Control eased its guidelines on face masks for outdoors for fully vaccinated people.

For those who are fully vaccinated, the CDC still recommends wearing a mask and hand-washing; although some social restrictions are relaxed. Follow this link for complete CDC guidance for those who are vaccinated:

A daily curfew remains in efffect from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. (MDT). Businesses may remain open until 9 p.m.

Positive Test Rate

The estimated percentage of people who tested positive was 3.1 percent on Saturday. The 7-day average positive test rate was estimated at 3.4 percent.

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,  1,387 people have been sickened by the virus. 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 May 9, 2021, at 7:21 a.m. MDT.)

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.