WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – The Navajo Nation has reported nine new COVID-19 cases for a second day.
The latest numbers released Friday, including two additional deaths, raises the tribe’s numbers to 30,040 cases and 1,245 known deaths since the pandemic began.
Health care providers across the Navajo Nation are administering the vaccine either at drive-thru events or by appointment.
Tribal President Jonathan Nez said in a statement that about half of the Navajo Nation’s adult population has been fully vaccinated. However, he urged the community to minimize travel, continue to wear masks and social distance.
“With the ongoing spread of COVID-19 variants, the safest place to be is at home here on the Navajo Nation,” Nez said.
The Navajo Nation had a soft reopening last week with 25% capacity for some businesses under certain restrictions.
Still, mask mandates and daily curfews remain on the vast reservation that covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.