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Posted: April 1, 2021

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing results through March 30, 2021.

According to the data, 190,181 tests have returned positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. That represents an increase of less than 1 percent from the 190,042 cases previously reported by the IHS.

Altogether, 2,199,883 coronavirus tests have been administered within the IHS through March 30, the data shows. That represent 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, five areas are seeing higher COVID-19 rates. They follow:

Overall, 9.3 percent of IHS tests have been positive since the onset of the pandemic, the data shows. Meanwhile, the 7-day average has declined significantly after increasing during the holiday season but it appears to be slowly rising again. It now stands at 3 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 March 30, 2021.

IHS Area
positive *
7-day rolling
positivity *
Alaska 560,938 11,521 476,687 2.4% 1.1%
Albuquerque 91,575 8,066 62,673 11.4% 0.7%
Bemidji 151,422 10,494 137,370 7.1% 5.6%
Billings 96,407 7,356 85,712 7.9% 1.6%
California 75,356 7,759 64,459 10.7% 3.7%
Great Plains 137,723 14,072 123,138 10.3% 5.0%
Nashville 73,357 5,962 66,538 8.2% 5.5%
Navajo 236,993 31,339 161,820 16.2% 4.9%
Oklahoma City 471,181 60,127 406,046 12.9% 2.6%
Phoenix 169,315 23,293 145,168 13.8% 5.1%
Portland 110,227 7,461 102,420 6.8% 5.1%
Tucson 25,389 2,731 22,505 10.8% 0.0%
TOTAL 2,199,883 190,181 1,854,536 9.3% 3.0%

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

Source: Indian Health Service (

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