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Navajo Nation reports 6 additional deaths due to COVID-19

May 6, 2020, 7:43 PM
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WINDOW ROCK, N.M. (AP) — Navajo Nation officials report six additional deaths from COVID-19, raising the total on the tribe’s reservation to at least 79 as of Tuesday.

Tribal officials also reported 85 additional positive COVID-19 cases, raising the total on the reservation at least 2,599.

The Navajo Nation has been hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak, with the nation implementing curfews to try to stop the spread of the disease among residents of its far-flung communities. The reservation includes parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

The counties with the most reported positive cases were New Mexico’s McKinley County with 705 cases and Arizona’s Apache and Navajo counties with 622 cases and 556 cases, respectively.

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Navajo Nation reports 6 additional deaths due to COVID-19