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Posted: July 22, 2020

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing results as of July 20, 2020.

According to the data, 27,907 tests have returned positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. That represents an increase of nearly 2.5 percent from the 27,233 cases previously reported.

Altogether, 415,275 coronavirus tests have been administered through July 20, the data shows. That marks an increase of 1.4 percent from the day prior. That marks an increase of 2 percent from the day prior.

Overall, 6.7 percent of percent of IHS coronavirus tests have returned positive, according to the data. But the rate is far higher in the Phoenix Area, where 17.4 percent are positive.

Closely following is Navajo Area, which serves the largest reservation in the United States.  But even with 16.7 percent tests returning positive, the rate has held steady in the last several days following a slow but noticeable decline from the region with the highest rate.

The Nashville Area, which covers a wide area of Indian Country, including the South and Northeastern parts of the U.S., also continues to show a high positive rate of nearly 10.2 percent.

On the other end of the spectrum, aggressive efforts in the Alaska Area are turning up very few cases. Out of 79,192 tests administered in Alaska, only 0.47 percent have returned positive, the data shows.

The Alaska Area also outnumbers every other area — including Navajo —  in terms of tests administered. The Alaska region recently took over the top spot from the Oklahoma City Area .

The data, however, is incomplete. While 100 percent of facilities run directly by the IHS are reporting data, only 33 percent of tribally managed facilities and 44 percent of urban Indian organizations are doing the same, the agency has told Indianz.Com.

The agency also provided to Indianz.Com the service population for 2019: 2,562,290. Based on that figure, 16.2 percent of American Indians and Alaska Natives have been tested for the coronavirus since the IHS began reporting data in March.

The IHS user population, on the other hand, is a much smaller number. As of 2019, 1,662,834 American Indians and Alaska Natives have lived within a service delivery area and have received health care at an IHS or tribal facility during the previous three years.

Based on the user population, nearly 25 percent of Native Americans have been tested for the coronavirus since the IHS began reporting data in March.

COVID-19 Cases by IHS Area

Data are reported from IHS, tribal, and urban Indian organization facilities, though reporting by tribal and urban programs is voluntary. Data reflect cases reported to the IHS through 11:59 pm on July 20, 2020.

IHS Area Tested Positive Negative
Alaska 79,192 375 68,727
Albuquerque 28,776 1,412 18,840
Bemidji 22,875 563 20,573
Billings 33,441 598 27,114
California 6,143 340 4,755
Great Plains 32,251 1,360 30,136
Nashville 13,676 1,389 11,209
Navajo 59,594 9,975 44,770
Oklahoma City 77,235 3,060 70,299
Phoenix 41,175 7,175 35,138
Portland 16,248 1,235 14,141
Tucson 4,669 425 4,118
TOTAL 415,275 27,907 349,820

Source: (Indian Health Service)

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