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Posted: May 11, 2021

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The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing results through May 9, 2021.

According to the data, 195,744 tests have returned positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. That represents an increase of less than 1 percent from the 195,652 cases previously reported by the IHS.

Altogether, 2,356,035 coronavirus tests have been administered within the IHS as of May 9. That represents an increase of 0.1 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, five areas are seeing higher COVID-19 rates. They follow:

Overall, 8.9 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 3.1 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 May 9, 2021.

 
IHS Area
 
 
Tested
 
 
Positive
 
 
Negative
 
Cumulative
percent
positive *
7-day rolling
average
positivity *
Alaska 602,120 12,014 513,521 2.3% 0.6%
Albuquerque 94,590 8,207 66,133 11.0% 5.2%
Bemidji 166,983 11,588 151,953 7.1% 5.8%
Billings 99,594 7,414 88,613 7.7% 1.9%
California 83,149 8,123 71,637 10.2% 5.5%
Great Plains 144,417 14,321 129,581 10.0% 2.0%
Nashville 78,883 6,233 71,812 8.0% 6.4%
Navajo 253,787 31,979 175,328 15.4% 4.7%
Oklahoma City 501,735 60,920 435,901 12.3% 2.8%
Phoenix 182,437 24,066 157,779 13.2% 6.5%
Portland 121,520 8,096 113,084 6.7% 4.9%
Tucson 26,820 2,783 23,883 10.4% 4.0%
TOTAL 2,356,035 195,744 1,999,225 8.9% 3.1%

* 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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