Navajo Nation reports 35 more COVID-19 cases, 1 death

In this April 20 photo, Dr. Diana Hu, left, and a colleague wear personal protective equipment as they work in the COVID-19 screening and testing tent in the parking lot at Tuba City Regional Health Care on the Navajo reservation in Tuba City, Arizona. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

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The new figures bring the total number of people infected to 9,103 and the known death toll to 461 as of Sunday night

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo Nation health officials have reported 35 more cases of COVID-19 and one additional death. 

That brings the total number of people infected to 9,103 and the known death toll to 461 as of Sunday night.

Tribal health officials said 81,665 people have been tested for the coronavirus and 6,736 have recovered.

The vast majority of people who are diagnosed with COVID-19 recover.

For some people it causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. But for some people who contract the virus, especially those who are older or have underlying health conditions, it can cause more severe illness and death.  

Late Friday, lawmakers on the Navajo Nation approved a massive spending bill to respond to the coronavirus pandemic that includes money for water projects, power lines, broadband and casino employees who have been laid off.

The Navajo Nation Council passed the nearly $651 million in spending after discussing it for more than 28 hours in a special session over three days.

The money comes from the Navajo Nation's share of $8 billion in federal coronavirus relief funding that was set aside for tribes.

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