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Posted: February 5, 2021

COVID-19 Indian Country IHS

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing results as of February 3, 2021.

According to the data, 180,057 tests have returned positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. That represents an increase of 0.4 percent from the 179,279 cases previously reported by the IHS.

Altogether, 1,960,619 coronavirus tests have been administered within the IHS through February 3, the data shows. That marks an increase of nearly 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 dropped off after increasing during the holiday season. It now stands at 9.1 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 3, 2021.

IHS Area
positive *
7-day rolling
positivity *
Alaska 483,097 10,798 408,094 2.6% 1.3%
Albuquerque 84,427 7,730 57,515 11.8% 8.0%
Bemidji 129,696 9,628 116,920 7.6% 4.6%
Billings 90,981 7,124 80,539 8.1% 4.8%
California 64,322 6,731 54,130 11.1% 11.9%
Great Plains 129,024 13,598 114,871 10.6% 5.2%
Nashville 63,534 5,419 56,903 8.7% 8.2%
Navajo 218,222 30,099 147,424 17.0% 14.9%
Oklahoma City 426,320 57,006 363,972 13.5% 14.7%
Phoenix 155,071 22,496 131,579 14.6% 13.9%
Portland 92,986 6,824 85,548 7.4% 8.2%
Tucson 22,939 2,604 20,181 11.4% 9.2%
TOTAL 1,960,619 180,057 1,637,676 9.9% 9.1%

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

Source: Indian Health Service (

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