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Navajo County Ranks 13th Worldwide For COVID-19 Infection Rate

The outbreak of coronavirus on the Navajo Nation has led to the area ranking 13th in the world for COVID-19 cases per thousand people, according to data from the New York Times.

As of Friday, Navajo County reported 43 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. The county’s population is about 110,000 — which means they have an infection rate of 0.39 cases per 1,000 people.For comparison, New York City has more than two cases per thousand, while the Phoenix area has about 0.03 cases per thousand.

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez issued a stay-at-home order for residents of the Navajo Nation, but the order doesn't apply to Navajo County cities and towns like Winslow and Show Low, which aren't part of the Navajo Nation.

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Scott Bourque is a reporter at KJZZ. He got his start in radio working as a reporter, photographer and producer for the American Forces Network, covering the tsunami relief operations in Japan, naval exercises in the Pacific, and combat operations in Afghanistan. He graduated from Northern Arizona University and earned a master’s in journalism from Arizona State’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. While at Cronkite, he helped produce the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award-winning investigative project “Hate in America” as a fellow for News21. For this project, he traveled to Charlottesville, Virginia, to interview parties on both sides of the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally, and Portland, Oregon, where he embedded with the Proud Boys, a far-right activist group, as they held a rally that turned into a riot. As a second-generation native Phoenician, Bourque loves finding and telling the stories that define and shape his hometown. In his spare time, he manages an Instagram page for Chloe, his father’s clumber spaniel, and enjoys the Phoenix area’s vibrant restaurant scene.