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Posted: February 12, 2021

COVID-19 Indian Country IHS

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing results as of February 10, 2021.

According to the data, 183,037 tests have returned positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. That represents an increase of 0.2 percent from the 182,611 cases previously reported by the IHS.

Altogether, 2,001,928 coronavirus tests have been administered within the IHS through February 10, the data shows. That marks an increase of 0.3 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, four areas continue to see higher COVID-19 rates. They follow:

Two 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 6.9 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 10, 2021.

IHS Area
positive *
7-day rolling
positivity *
Alaska 494,005 10,921 417,583 2.5% 1.1%
Albuquerque 86,373 7,881 58,528 11.9% 5.3%
Bemidji 133,559 9,809 120,329 7.5% 4.8%
Billings 92,476 7,209 81,978 8.1% 5.5%
California 66,027 6,927 55,423 11.1% 12.2%
Great Plains 130,167 13,639 115,966 10.5% 0.4%
Nashville 65,368 5,620 58,612 8.7% 10.1%
Navajo 221,436 30,445 149,739 16.9% 10.3%
Oklahoma City 436,031 58,209 372,745 13.5% 12.4%
Phoenix 157,416 22,765 133,678 14.6% 11.4%
Portland 95,595 6,973 87,998 7.3% 5.7%
Tucson 23,475 2,639 20,683 11.3% 8.4%
TOTAL 2,001,928 183,037 1,673,262 9.9% 6.9%

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

Source: Indian Health Service (
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