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Posted: July 13, 2021

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The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing results through July 10, 2021.

According to the data, 201,086 tests have returned positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. That represents an increase of 0.4 percent from the 200,276 cases previously reported on July 3.

Altogether, 2,531,814 coronavirus tests have been administered within the IHS, the results show. That represents an increase of nearly 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, five 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 4.8 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 10, 2021.

 
IHS Area
 
 
Tested
 
 
Positive
 
 
Negative
 
Cumulative
percent
positive *
7-day rolling
average
positivity *
Alaska 656,447 12,535 562,207 2.2% 1.7%
Albuquerque 100,263 8,306 70,932 10.5% 2.8%
Bemidji 177,831 12,015 162,963 6.9% 1.8%
Billings 104,571 7,543 93,733 7.4% 2.9%
California 90,301 8,427 78,594 9.7% 6.5%
Great Plains 152,949 14,478 137,959 9.5% 0.8%
Nashville 84,027 6,443 76,715 7.7% 6.0%
Navajo 271,502 32,672 190,529 14.6% 5.5%
Oklahoma City 539,484 62,483 472,400 11.7% 8.3%
Phoenix 192,567 24,706 167,265 12.9% 10.2%
Portland 132,562 8,640 123,489 6.5% 2.7%
Tucson 29,310 2,838 26,318 9.7% 3.6%
TOTAL 2,531,814 201,086 2,163,104 8.5% 4.8%

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

Source: Indian Health Service (https://www.ihs.gov/coronavirus)

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