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Utah's Navajo land has higher rate of COVID-19 than New York City

Posted at 6:12 PM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 11:22:24-04

The COVID-19 numbers for most counties in Utah are very promising, with the major urban Wasatch Front Counties all curving downward, though Salt Lake County’s curve is recent and tenuous.

But there is a crisis in Utah, it just doesn’t play much of a role in State Health Department briefings because it’s officially on sovereign territory of the Navajo Nation on the southern border of San Juan County.

Outside of its two biggest towns Monticello and Blanding, San Juan County has just under 10,000 people with well over 200 cases of coronavirus. The per-capita case rate in that area, which includes Utah’s portion of the Navajo Nation, is slightly higher than that of New York City, the site of the nation’s most severe outbreak.