This May Be Hardest-Hit Virus Spot in US

Navajo Nation in Southwest
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2020 7:52 AM CDT
Updated May 12, 2020 9:16 AM CDT

(Newser) – A sign of just how badly the Navajo Nation has been hit by the coronavirus: The international relief agency Doctors Without Borders, better known for helping in war-ravaged nations, has sent a team to the US Southwest to help Native Americans. It's the agency's first US medical presence, reports CBS News. Coverage:

  • Alarming stats: The Navajo Nation has about 175,000 people on land straddling Arizona, New Mexico, and a small part of Utah, and it has more than 3,100 cases of COVID-19. That's 18 cases per 1,000 people, and the AP notes that if the Navajo Nation were a state, it would have the highest per-capita rate of any in the US. (The AP story is a deep dive into how the Navajo Nation is coping.)

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