WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation on Wednesday reported 15 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, but no additional deaths.

Tribal health officials said the total number of cases since the pandemic began more than a year ago now is 30,485 on the vast reservation that covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

The number of known deaths remains at 1,273.

The tribe reported no coronavirus cases and no COVID-19 related deaths on Tuesday.

“The Navajo Nation is moving closer to herd immunity, or as our health care professionals say ‘community immunity,’’’ tribal President Jonathan Nez said in a statement Wednesday.



Nez said more than half of the reservation’s adult population has been vaccinated. But people still need to stay home as much as possible, wear masks and avoid large gatherings.

On Monday, the Navajo Department of Health loosened some virus-driven restrictions and transition to “yellow status.”

Restaurants now are allowed to have in-door dining at 25% capacity and outdoor dining at 50% capacity.

Parks are permitted to open at 25% capacity but only for residents and employees.

Navajo casinos are open at 50% capacity, but only for residents and staff.

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