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Navajo Nation coronavirus rate higher than 48 states: records

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COVID-19 is ravaging all Americans, especially Native Americans.

The Navajo Nation has reported more confirmed coronavirus cases per capita than every state except New York and New Jersey.

Alarming data reveals that the Native American reservation had recorded more than 800 infections and 28 deaths as of Monday, reported Albuquerque TV station KOB.

According to census data, there are approximately 332,000 members in the sprawling 27,000-square-mile swath over parts of Utah, New Mexico and Arizona.

In a two-week span, the number of COVID-19 cases jumped a staggering 367%.

Underlying health problems such as heart rate and diabetes, which are more prevalent in Native Americans than whites, places the Navajo Nation in a more precarious coronavirus predicament.

On March 17, there were only two Navajo Nation confirmed cases. Two weeks later, that tally had ballooned to 174. From March 31 to April 7, that total had more than doubled to 426, and the death toll had risen from seven to 17.

In New York, the per capita infection rate as of Monday, was 998 victims per 100,000 people, slightly higher than New Jersey’s rate of 727.

In mid-March, the Navajo Nation declared a state of emergency and all residents were put in lockdown mode. During the past two weeks, an overnight curfew has been in effect.

“We’re seeing incredible spikes in the Navajo Nation,” cautioned New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. “This is going to be an issue where we’re going to have to figure that out and think about maybe testing and surveillance opportunities.”

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