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COVID-19 cases are rising on the Navajo Nation. But officials may loosen pandemic restrictions

The Navajo Nation has reported nearly 400 new COVID-19 infections since July 16, along with two deaths during that time. In addition, the Navajo Department of Health has issued a health advisory notice for 58 communities that are identified as having uncontrolled spread of COVID-19.

While case numbers have been on the rise, they’re nowhere near where they were in the spring of 2020, when the Navajo Nation had the highest per-capita infection rate in the country.

Dr. Jill Jim is executive director of the Navajo Department of Health. The Show spoke with her to learn what she's seeing in her community.

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Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.