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Navajo leaders urge mask wearing even as virus cases are low

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Posted at 6:50 PM, Jul 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-09 21:50:46-04

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation reported 14 new cases of the coronavirus on Friday and one recent death.

The figures released by the Navajo Department of Health bring the total number of cases on the reservation to 31,081 since the pandemic began. The death toll is 1,358.

The Navajo Nation recently relaxed restrictions to allow visitors to travel on the reservation and visit popular attractions like Canyon de Chelly and Monument Valley.

The reservation extends into Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

While cases are down, Navajo leaders are urging residents to continue wearing masks and get vaccinated.