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AZTEC — The Navajo Nation is reporting 20 new cases of coronavirus, according to a press release from the Office of the President and Vice President.

A press release issued the afternoon of March 24 stated there were 10 new cases, then a second press release was issued in the evening adding an additional 10 new cases.

The new cases bring the total number of cases to 49 in Navajo Nation. The majority of the cases are in Navajo County in Arizona.

Meanwhile, New Mexico announced 17 new cases on March 24, including four new cases in San Juan County.

The new cases in San Juan County include two men in their thirties, a man in his forties and a woman in her thirties.

Navajo Nation is reporting two cases in San Juan County. Those cases were announced in the press release issued in the evening.

MORE: The latest coronavirus updates from San Juan County, Four Corners region

The Navajo Nation is reporting four cases in McKinley County while the state is reporting three.

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All residents of the Navajo Nation can register to receive alerts from the Navajo Department of Emergency Management by texting “NavajoNation” to 888777.

“Help beat the virus by staying home. To prevent a massive public health crisis, every person must remain home, unless you need food, medicine, or other essential items, but beyond that we shouldn’t have anyone traveling or going out into the public. If you need essential items, send only one person and use every precaution available,” said President Jonathan Nez in the press release.

The public health emergency stay-at-home order remains in effect for Navajo Nation.

MORE: San Juan County manager urges people to do their part in preventing spread of coronavirus

“Stay home, stay safe, save lives! Our first responders are on the ground working hard to help our communities. We will beat this virus together. We are praying every day for our people who are sick and their families,” said Vice President Myron Lizer.

New Mexicans who are experiencing coronavirus symptoms, such as such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, should call their health care provider or the New Mexico Department of Health COVID-19 hotline at 1-855-600-3453.

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 or via email at hgrover@daily-times.com.

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