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Posted: April 16, 2021


The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing results through April 14, 2021.

According to the data, 192,522 tests have returned positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. That represents an increase of less than 1 percent from the 192,337 cases previously reported by the IHS.

Altogether, 2,261,292 coronavirus tests have been administered within the IHS through April 14, the data shows. That represents 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 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 3.5 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 14, 2021.

IHS Area
positive *
7-day rolling
positivity *
Alaska 577,598 11,753 491,750 2.3% 1.5%
Albuquerque 92,659 8,129 63,657 11.3% 3.7%
Bemidji 157,331 10,964 142,996 7.1% 5.8%
Billings 97,492 7,373 86,881 7.8% 1.0%
California 77,886 7,845 66,925 10.5% 3.6%
Great Plains 140,056 14,178 125,351 10.2% 4.3%
Nashville 75,363 6,056 68,395 8.1% 7.0%
Navajo 242,988 31,537 166,656 15.9% 3.5%
Oklahoma City 482,524 60,401 417,048 12.7% 2.5%
Phoenix 176,488 23,723 151,927 13.5% 3.3%
Portland 114,922 7,802 106,655 6.8% 10.3%
Tucson 25,985 2,761 23,070 10.7% 5.6%
TOTAL 2,261,292 192,522 1,911,311 9.2% 3.5%

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

Source: Indian Health Service (

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