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Posted: February 3, 2021

COVID-19 Indian Country IHS

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing results as of February 1, 2021.

According to the data, 178,681 tests have returned positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. That represents an increase of 0.6 percent from the 177,600 cases previously reported by the IHS.

Altogether, 1,942,861 coronavirus tests have been administered within the IHS through February 1, the data shows. That marks an increase of 0.5 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, three 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 10.4 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 February 1, 2021.

IHS Area
positive *
7-day rolling
positivity *
Alaska 478,079 10,751 404,292 2.6% 1.4%
Albuquerque 83,860 7,700 57,163 11.9% 11.3%
Bemidji 128,918 9,585 116,175 7.6% 4.9%
Billings 90,554 7,096 80,241 8.1% 4.3%
California 63,618 6,629 53,496 11.0% 11.8%
Great Plains 128,486 13,572 114,350 10.6% 6.2%
Nashville 62,712 5,355 56,244 8.7% 9.0%
Navajo 216,905 29,936 146,698 16.9% 15.0%
Oklahoma City 422,622 56,563 360,937 13.5% 15.4%
Phoenix 153,818 22,321 130,462 14.6% 14.6%
Portland 90,688 6,611 83,573 7.3% 7.3%
Tucson 22,601 2,562 19,885 11.4% 8.3%
TOTAL 1,942,861 178,681 1,623,516 9.9% 9.7%

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

Source: Indian Health Service (

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