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Posted: February 11, 2021

COVID-19 Indian Country IHS

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing results as of February 9, 2021.

According to the data, 182,611 tests have returned positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. That represents an increase of about 0.2 percent from the 182,158 cases previously reported by the IHS.

Altogether, 1,995,822 coronavirus tests have been administered within the IHS through February 9 the data shows. That marks an increase of almost 0.4 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, five areas continue to see higher COVID-19 rates. 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 significantly after increasing during the holiday season. It now stands at 7.7 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 9, 2021.

IHS Area
positive *
7-day rolling
positivity *
Alaska 491,409 10,890 415,368 2.6% 1.1%
Albuquerque 86,241 7,871 58,438 11.9% 7.4%
Bemidji 133,299 9,795 120,086 7.5% 4.9%
Billings 92,383 7,206 81,879 8.1% 6.9%
California 65,893 6,900 55,315 11.1% 12.6%
Great Plains 130,100 13,638 115,904 10.5% 3.6%
Nashville 64,961 5,523 58,283 8.7% 8.2%
Navajo 220,948 30,412 149,394 16.9% 12.2%
Oklahoma City 434,896 58,084 371,693 13.5% 12.2%
Phoenix 156,979 22,705 133,308 14.6% 11.0%
Portland 95,296 6,949 87,719 7.3% 6.9%
Tucson 23,417 2,638 20,626 11.3% 12.7%
TOTAL 1,995,822 182,611 1,668,013 9.9% 7.7%

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

Source: Indian Health Service (

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