By Associated Press - Thursday, September 17, 2020

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) - Navajo Nation health officials on Thursday reported 19 new confirmed cases of coronavirus with one additional death.

The Navajo Department of Health said there now have been 540 known deaths and 10,083 confirmed cases on the vast reservation since the pandemic began.

The latest numbers include five additional positive COVID-19 cases that were previously unreported due to delayed reporting from health care facilities on the Navajo Nation, which covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

Tribal health officials said 101,249 people have been tested for the coronavirus and 7,226 have recovered.

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

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks.

But for some - especially older adults and people with existing health problems - it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death.

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