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Posted: May 3, 2021


The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing results through May 1, 2021.

According to the data, 194,784 tests have returned positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. That represents an increase of less than 1 percent from the 194,735 cases previously reported by the IHS.

Altogether, 2,326,217 coronavirus tests have been administered within the IHS as of May 1. That represents an increase of less than 1 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 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 3.2 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 May 1, 2021.

IHS Area
positive *
7-day rolling
positivity *
Alaska 594,017 11,961 506,176 2.3% 1.2%
Albuquerque 94,116 8,183 65,700 11.1% 2.8%
Bemidji 164,374 11,404 149,541 7.1% 6.2%
Billings 98,340 7,388 87,599 7.8% 1.1%
California 81,499 8,046 70,299 10.3% 7.2%
Great Plains 143,653 14,306 128,828 10.0% 5.9%
Nashville 77,841 6,167 70,662 8.0% 3.7%
Navajo 250,585 31,831 172,806 15.6% 3.6%
Oklahoma City 496,168 60,765 430,336 12.4% 2.8%
Phoenix 181,116 23,981 156,542 13.3% 4.8%
Portland 117,962 7,980 109,663 6.8% 9.6%
Tucson 26,546 2,772 23,620 10.5% 2.5%
TOTAL 2,326,217 194,784 1,971,772 9.0% 3.2%

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

Source: Indian Health Service (

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