WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) – The Navajo Nation reported 270 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one death related to the virus on Friday.
Tribal officials said the number of confirmed cases in the reserve now totaled 42,622 since the start of the pandemic. The death toll stands at 1,593.
The Office of the President and Vice President of the Navajo Nation held a special online town hall on Friday to educate residents of the pandemic as the omicron variant increases the number of cases in neighboring states and across the United States . , New Mexico and Utah.
Health workers told town hall they were seeing less severe symptoms in patients who were vaccinated.
âOur frontline warriors are advocating for all of our people to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to receive a booster if you are eligible,â Navajo President Jonathan Nez said. âVaccines don’t guarantee that you won’t get COVID-19, but they are very effective at preventing severe symptoms and they save lives every day across the country.â
As elsewhere, Nez said the Navajo Nation’s healthcare system was in question and urged his Navajo colleagues to be very careful.
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