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Posted: April 14, 2021

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The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing results through April 12 2021.

According to the data, 192,132 tests have returned positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. That represents an increase of less than 1 percent from the 191,941 cases previously reported by the IHS.

Altogether, 2,249,982 coronavirus tests have been administered within the IHS through April 12, the data shows. That represents 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, six areas are seeing higher COVID-19 rates. They follow:

Overall, 9.2 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 3.3 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 April 12, 2021.

 
IHS Area
 
 
Tested
 
 
Positive
 
 
Negative
 
Cumulative
percent
positive *
7-day rolling
average
positivity *
Alaska 574,215 11,723 488,421 2.3% 1.8%
Albuquerque 92,325 8,116 63,339 11.4% 7.5%
Bemidji 156,526 10,906 142,261 7.1% 5.8%
Billings 97,361 7,372 86,756 7.8% 2.0%
California 77,683 7,826 66,757 10.5% 2.1%
Great Plains 139,509 14,164 124,830 10.2% 5.1%
Nashville 75,089 6,035 68,154 8.1% 5.2%
Navajo 241,906 31,498 165,763 16.0% 3.1%
Oklahoma City 479,490 60,339 414,146 12.7% 2.6%
Phoenix 175,743 23,700 151,183 13.6% 3.1%
Portland 114,280 7,693 105,999 6.8% 6.2%
Tucson 25,855 2,760 22,941 10.7% 7.1%
TOTAL 2,249,982 192,132 1,900,550 9.2% 3.3%

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

Source: Indian Health Service (https://www.ihs.gov/coronavirus)

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