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Navajo Nation reports 43 new coronavirus cases, 1 more death

FILE: A sign reads "Navajo Monument Vally Tribal Park Closed Until Further Notice" posted at the entrance of Monument Valley in Oljato-Monument Valley, Utah, on the Navajo reservation April 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo Nation health officials are reporting 43 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 with one additional death.

The latest numbers released Saturday night bring the total number of cases to 10,675 with the death toll at 565. Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez says he’s concerned about 85 new COVID-19 cases over the last two days on the vast reservation that covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

In a statement, Nez says the resurgence in new coronavirus cases is troubling and could very well lead to widespread infections similar to those the tribe saw in April and May.

A shelter-in-place order, mask mandate, daily curfews and weekend lockdowns remain in effect on the Navajo Nation through 5 a.m. MDT, Monday, Oct. 12.

“We know how to bring the numbers of cases down, but it is an individual choice for every citizen,” said Nez.

“Our public health experts are working around the clock and they gave us a clear game plan to fight COVID-19. It’s a simple strategy that involves staying home, washing your hands, wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, and avoiding large gatherings.”