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Posted: August 23, 2020

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing results as of August 21, 2020.

According to the data, 38,982 tests have returned positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. That represents an increase of 0.36 percent from the 38,843 cases previously reported.

Altogether, 611,155 coronavirus tests have been administered through August 21, the data shows. That marks an increase of almost 0.62 percent percent from the day prior.

Overall, almost 6.4 percent of IHS coronavirus tests have returned positive, according to the data. But the rate is far higher in the Phoenix Area, where 15.8 percent are positive.

Next is the Navajo Area, which serves the largest reservation in the United States. But even with 14.5 percent of tests returning positive, the rate has fallen steadily over the last month, following  a noticeable decline as 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 almost 8.3 percent.

On the other end of the spectrum, aggressive efforts in the Alaska Area are turning up very few cases. Out of 125,276 tests administered in Alaska, only 0.75 percent have returned positive, the data shows.

The Alaska Area also outnumbers every other area — including Navajo —  in terms of tests administered. The Oklahoma City Area has fallen back to the second spot.

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, about 23.8 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, about 36.7 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 August 21, 2020.

IHS Area Tested Positive Negative
Alaska 125,276 944 106,652
Albuquerque 37,314 1,685 25,828
Bemidji 37,319 1,022 33,948
Billings 48,861 1,311 44,249
California 9,112 610 7,789
Great Plains 49,008 2,080 46,442
Nashville 22,490 1,864 20,457
Navajo 76,179 11,045 57,720
Oklahoma City 119,837 7,261 109,523
Phoenix 54,722 8,667 45,321
Portland 25,031 1,925 22,365
Tucson 6,006 568 5,329
TOTAL 611,155 38,982 525,623

Source: (Indian Health Service)

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