WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation has reported 77 more COVID-19 cases and one additional death.

The latest numbers, released Saturday, pushed the tribe’s totals to 36,745 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began more than a year ago.

The known death toll is 1,485.

On Friday, the Navajo Department of Health had reported 105 more COVID-19 cases but no deaths for the 20th time in the past 30 days.

Based on cases from Oct. 8-21, the tribal health department issued an advisory notice for 48 communities due to uncontrolled spread of COVID-19.

“Unfortunately, in-person family and social gatherings are leading to more cases of COVID-19 on the Navajo Nation,” tribal President Jonathan Nez said. “In addition, residents who travel to cities off our Nation and let their guard down often bring back the virus to their households. We have to do better, and we have to remind our loved ones to take precautions and wear a mask in public whether they are on or off the Navajo Nation.”

The tribe’s reservation is the country’s largest at 27,000 square miles and covers parts of New Mexico, Arizona and Utah.

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