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Posted: January 31, 2021

COVID-19 Indian Country IHS

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing results as of January 29, 2021.

According to the data, 176,893 tests have returned positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. That represents an increase of 0.2 percent from the 176,475 cases previously reported by the IHS.

Altogether, 1,925,364 coronavirus tests have been administered within the IHS through January 29, the data shows. That marks an increase of 0.2 percent from the day prior.

Since mid-October of 2020, the IHS has been providing additional information about the spread of the coronavirus within the system. The cumulative percent positive column shows the historical COVID-19 infection rate, meaning the number of tests that have returned positive since the onset of the pandemic.

Based on the cumulative percent positive, the highest rates have been seen in three areas. Two of them include the state of Arizona, indicating a disproportionate toll of COVID-19 in the state:

The 7-day rolling average positivity column offers a more contemporary look at the impact of the coronavirus. The data shows where COVID-19 cases have been increasing recently.

Based on the 7-day rolling average positivity, six areas have seen dramatic growth in COVID-19. They follow:

Three of the regions include the state of Arizona.

Overall, 9.9 percent of IHS tests have been positive since the onset of the pandemic, the data shows. Meanwhile, the 7-day average has leveled off after increasing steadily during the holiday season. It now stands at 10 percent.

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.

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 January 29, 2021.

IHS Area
positive *
7-day rolling
positivity *
Alaska     473,466        10,674        400,244 2.6% 1.6%
Albuquerque       83,534          7,641          56,878 11.8% 17.2%
Bemidji     127,269          9,474        114,703 7.6% 7.4%
Billings       89,834          7,065          79,518 8.2% 4.0%
California       63,022          6,552          53,001 11.0% 15.9%
Great Plains     127,584        13,527        113,488 10.6% 7.3%
Nashville       61,969          5,304          55,631 8.7% 12.4%
Navajo     215,722        29,719        145,689 16.9% 16.9%
Oklahoma City     417,306        55,591        356,296 13.5% 16.3%
Phoenix     153,041        22,213        129,816 14.6% 15.6%
Portland       90,102          6,574          83,001 7.3% 5.1%
Tucson       22,515          2,559          19,802 11.4% 15.1%
TOTAL 1,925,364      176,893      1,608,067 9.9% 10.0%

* Cumulative percent positive and 7-day rolling average positivity are updated three days per week.

Source: Indian Health Service (

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