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Posted: July 23, 2021


The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing results through July 17, 2021.

According to the data, 202,307 tests have returned positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. That represents an increase of 0.6 percent from the 201,086 cases previously reported on July 10.

Altogether, 2,550,887 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, six 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 6.4 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 17, 2021.

IHS Area
positive *
7-day rolling
positivity *
Alaska 661,517 12,662 566,020 2.2% 2.5%
Albuquerque 100,618 8,332 71,262 10.5% 7.3%
Bemidji 178,619 12,036 163,726 6.8% 3.2%
Billings 104,571 7,543 93,733 7.4% 0.0%
California 91,144 8,477 79,310 9.7% 8.1%
Great Plains 154,271 14,510 139,249 9.4% 2.8%
Nashville 84,796 6,493 77,364 7.7% 6.5%
Navajo 272,461 32,712 191,402 14.6% 4.2%
Oklahoma City 546,353 63,201 478,552 11.7% 10.9%
Phoenix 193,677 24,809 168,267 12.8% 9.4%
Portland 133,413 8,688 124,284 6.5% 8.0%
Tucson 29,447 2,844 26,449 9.7% 4.4%
TOTAL 2,550,887 202,307 2,179,618 8.5% 6.4%

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

Source: Indian Health Service (

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