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Posted: April 7, 2021

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing results through April 5, 2021.

According to the data, 191,080 tests have returned positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. That represents an increase of less than 1 percent from the 190,908 cases previously reported by the IHS.

Altogether, 2,221,033 coronavirus tests have been administered within the IHS through April 5, the data shows. That represent an increase of about 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, three areas are seeing much 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. It now stands at 3.1 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 April 5, 2021.

IHS Area
positive *
7-day rolling
positivity *
Alaska 568,033 11,609 483,058 2.3% 1.2%
Albuquerque 91,814 8,079 62,924 11.4% 4.9%
Bemidji 152,934 10,698 138,903 7.2% 9.2%
Billings 96,820 7,361 86,104 7.9% 2.6%
California 76,543 7,802 65,657 10.6% 4.0%
Great Plains 138,161 14,096 123,535 10.2% 3.8%
Nashville 74,212 5,989 67,325 8.2% 3.2%
Navajo 238,764 31,402 163,269 16.1% 3.3%
Oklahoma City 474,348 60,207 409,135 12.8% 2.7%
Phoenix 172,546 23,563 148,122 13.7% 2.6%
Portland 111,274 7,529 103,407 6.8% 6.5%
Tucson 25,584 2,745 22,686 10.8% 6.5%
TOTAL 2,221,033 191,080 1,874,125 9.3% 3.1%

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

Source: Indian Health Service (

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