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Posted: July 7, 2021


The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing results through July 3, 2021.

According to the data, 200,276 tests have returned positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. That represents an increase or 0.3 percent from the 199,600 cases reported on June 26.

Altogether, 2,514,865 coronavirus tests have been administered within the IHS, the results show. That represents an increase of 0.7 percent from the week 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, three areas (out of 12 IHS areas) are seeing higher COVID-19 rates. They follow:

Overall, 8.5 percent of IHS tests have been positive since the onset of the pandemic, the data shows. Meanwhile, the 7-day average has risen to 3.7 percent following a long period of far lower rates in the spring of 2021.

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.

Beginning June 7, the IHS began updating its coronavirus data on a weekly basis. Previously, results were released every day

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 July 3, 2021.

IHS Area
positive *
7-day rolling
positivity *
Alaska 653,357 12,483 559,802 2.2% 1.2%
Albuquerque 100,016 8,299 70,692 10.5% 1.0%
Bemidji 177,113 12,002 162,262 6.9% 1.0%
Billings 103,584 7,514 92,763 7.5% 0.0%
California 89,670 8,386 78,034 9.7% 4.7%
Great Plains 151,008 14,463 136,031 9.6% 2.1%
Nashville 83,531 6,413 76,256 7.8% 3.6%
Navajo 269,583 32,567 188,797 14.7% 3.8%
Oklahoma City 534,889 62,106 468,087 11.7% 6.4%
Phoenix 191,411 24,593 166,228 12.9% 9.5%
Portland 131,588 8,619 122,588 6.6% 6.6%
Tucson 29,115 2,831 26,130 9.8% 0.5%
TOTAL 2,514,865 200,276 2,147,670 8.5% 3.7%

COVID-19 Testing Data will be updated weekly beginning on Monday, June 7, 2021.

Source: Indian Health Service (

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