Navajo Nation surpasses New York for highest infection rate in the US
The Navajo Nation now has the highest COVID-19 infection rate in the country after passing New York, as reported by CNN.
As of Monday, the Navajo Nation reported 4,071 positive COVID-19 cases, according to Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez.
New York has 351,371 reported positive cases with a per capita of 1,806 positive cases per 100,000 residents. According to a 2010 census for the Navajo Nation, the total population is 173,667. This makes its per capita of about 2,344 cases per 100,000 residents.
"The Navajo Nation is testing our citizens at a greater rate per capita than any state in the entire country and that's a major reason why we have a higher numbers of positive cases," Nez said in a press release Monday.
The Navajo Nation has a total of 142 deaths and 928 people have recovered from the virus.