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Posted: May 29, 2021

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The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing results through May 27, 2021.

According to the data, 197,368 tests have returned positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. That represents an increase of less than 1 percent from the 197,280 cases previously reported by the IHS.

Altogether, 2,412,095 coronavirus tests have been administered within the IHS as of May 27. 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, two areas (out of 12 IHS areas) are seeing higher COVID-19 rates. They follow:

Overall, 8.8 percent of IHS tests have been positive since the onset of the pandemic, the data shows. Meanwhile, the 7-day average stands at 2.6 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 27, 2021.

 
IHS Area
 
 
Tested
 
 
Positive
 
 
Negative
 
Cumulative
percent
positive *
7-day rolling
average
positivity *
Alaska 615,875 12,125 525,610 2.3% 0.6%
Albuquerque 96,454 8,258 67,921 10.8% 1.6%
Bemidji 172,258 11,892 156,903 7.0% 5.4%
Billings 101,479 7,461 90,737 7.6% 3.2%
California 85,674 8,220 74,056 10.0% 3.9%
Great Plains 147,103 14,382 132,208 9.8% 1.6%
Nashville 80,988 6,330 73,803 7.9% 3.9%
Navajo 260,179 32,227 180,814 15.1% 3.4%
Oklahoma City 513,650 61,125 447,657 12.0% 2.0%
Phoenix 185,789 24,261 160,955 13.1% 6.0%
Portland 125,135 8,290 116,466 6.6% 4.2%
Tucson 27,511 2,797 24,560 10.2% 2.1%
TOTAL 2,412,095 197,368 2,051,690 8.8% 2.6%

* 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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