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Posted: July 27, 2021


The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing results through July 24, 2021.

According to the data, 204,197 tests have returned positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. That represents an increase of 0.9 percent from the 202,307 cases previously reported on July 17.

Altogether, 2,577,336 coronavirus tests have been administered within the IHS, the results show. That represents an increase of 1.0 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 7.2 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 24, 2021.

IHS Area
positive *
7-day rolling
positivity *
Alaska 668,505 12,925 571,094 2.2% 3.6%
Albuquerque 100,924 8,346 71,555 10.4% 4.6%
Bemidji 179,729 12,062 164,812 6.8% 2.3%
Billings 106,158 7,559 95,276 7.4% 1.0%
California 92,653 8,654 80,545 9.7% 10.7%
Great Plains 155,248 14,530 140,206 9.4% 2.0%
Nashville 86,119 6,592 78,553 7.7% 7.5%
Navajo 274,558 32,824 193,325 14.5% 5.4%
Oklahoma City 553,065 64,068 484,413 11.7% 12.9%
Phoenix 195,455 25,015 169,781 12.8% 11.7%
Portland 134,401 8,755 125,211 6.5% 8.9%
Tucson 30,521 2,867 27,500 9.4% 2.1%
TOTAL 2,577,336 204,197 2,202,271 8.5% 7.2%

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

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