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Posted: August 17, 2021

ihscovid19The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing results through August 14, 2021.

According to the data, 214,714 tests have returned positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. That represents an increase of 0.9 percent from the 212,797 cases previously reported on August 10.

Altogether, 2,684,762 coronavirus tests have been administered within the IHS, the results show. That represents an increase of 0.8 percent from four days 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, a record 10 areas (out of 12 IHS areas) are seeing higher COVID-19 rates. They follow:

Notably, the 7-day rolling average positivity for the Alaska Area has steadily grown in recent weeks. The region recorded its highest-ever rate with the release of data on August 14, beating the record set on August 10.

Overall, 8.6 percent of IHS tests have been positive since the onset of the pandemic, the data shows. Meanwhile, the 7-day average has risen to 10.5 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. But as the number of COVID-19 cases grows again, the agency is releasing results on Mondays and Thursdays. During the height of the pandemic throughout 2020 and the first half of 2021, results were provided 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 August 14, 2021.

IHS Area
7-day rolling
Alaska 698,450 14,447 594,545 2.4% 6.2%
Albuquerque 104,129 8,505 74,536 10.2% 3.1%
Bemidji 184,397 12,382 169,123 6.8% 6.9%
Billings 107,986 7,638 97,000 7.3% 5.4%
California 98,871 9,505 85,231 10.0% 15.5%
Great Plains 160,379 14,753 145,111 9.2% 5.0%
Nashville 93,328 7,427 84,645 8.1% 11.8%
Navajo 285,487 33,712 202,762 14.3% 7.5%
Oklahoma City 588,097 70,002 514,090 12.0% 19.2%
Phoenix 190,975 24,165 166,028 12.7% 11.7%
Portland 140,077 9,221 130,383 6.6% 7.9%
Tucson 32,586 2,957 29,488 9.1% 3.7%
TOTAL 2,684,762 214,714 2,292,942 8.6% 10.5%

COVID-19 testing data is updated on Mondays and Thursdays.

Source: Indian Health Service (

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