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Health officials report virus cases now above 4,500

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Health officials report virus cases now above 4,500

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As of Friday night, Navajo Nation health officials reported 4,529 cases of COVID-19 and 149 deaths.

They also reported 1,235 individuals have recovered from the disease.

A total of 27,932 tests were given, and of that 21,611 have tested negative.

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“I don’t really want to go into the numbers through the Navajo Nation,” said Gabriel Yazzie, Kayenta Township manager. “I think the numbers don’t reflect the true numbers such as how many individuals have recovered to date.

“I want to see the number greater than what is being reported,” he said. “I’m pretty sure there are more individuals.”

Not all of the 12 health-care facilities have reported the number of recoveries as of yet. On Thursday, six facilities reported a number.Kayenta usually hosts the popular 4 th of July celebration, but Yazzie said the event is canceled.A Navajo Nation Council bill that cancels all Navajo fairs and other events is up for committee action.Budget and Finance Committee member Nathaniel Brown asked that the many Navajo employees who are getting paid and are staying home to please travel to Kayenta to be trained by Doctors Without Borders to educate the public on the virus. As a public service, the Navajo Times is making all coverage of the coronavirus pandemic fully available on its website. Please support the Times by subscribing. U.S. Surgeon General shows how to make your own facemask in under 2 minutes. (Video) “You’re already getting paid,” Brown said. “We’ll provide the proper (personal protective equipment). There’s a lot of teaching we want you to learn.“Right now we have the technical assistance from Doctors Without Borders,” he said. “We need […]

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