Navajo Nation Outpacing New York In Per Capita COVID-19 Cases

The Navajo Nation is scattered throughout remote reservation land in Arizona, Utah and New Mexico.

But this Native American territory of 174,000 people has passed New York by recording America’s highest per capita rate for the coronavirus.

The Navajos had suffered more than 140 COVID-19 deaths and had nearly 4,100 cases by May 18. That may not seem like much. Yet the Navajo’s 2,300 cases per 100,000 people ranks substantially higher than New York’s average of 1,800.

Because of this, the Navajo Nation is under strict lockdown.

But this is not an easy landscape to be confined at home. With few grocery stores, farmers in Arizona are shipping in fresh produce to tribal members.

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