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Navajo Nation Reports 118 New COVID-19 Cases, 15 More Deaths

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo Nation health officials on Tuesday reported 118 new COVID-19 cases and 15 more deaths.

The latest figures increased the tribe's totals since the pandemic began to 23,978 cases and 837 known deaths.

The number of infections is thought to be far higher than reported because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick.

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On Monday, the Navajo Department of Health on Monday identified 73 communities with uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 on the tribe's vast reservation that covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.