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Posted: October 7, 2021

ihscovid19The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing results through October 6, 2021.

According to the data, 256,280 tests have returned positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. That represents an increase of nearly 1.1 percent from the 253,566 cases previously reported on October 3.

Altogether, 3,072,482 coronavirus tests have been administered within the IHS, the results show. That represents an increase of 0.8 percent from three 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 five 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, 11 out of 12 IHS areas are seeing high COVID-19 rates. The 📈 red graph symbol indicates the areas in which positivity rates are on the rise, with multiple symbols indicating notable increases:

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 October 6. Throughout most of the pandemic, the Alaska Area had seen the lowest rate of COVID-19 cases within the IHS.

Overall, 8.9 percent of IHS tests have been positive since the onset of the pandemic, the data shows. Meanwhile, the 7-day average stands at 10.8 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. But as the number of COVID-19 cases grows again, the agency is updating 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 October 6, 2021.

 
IHS Area
 
 
Tested
 
 
Positive
 
 
Negative
 
Cumulative
percent
positive
7-day rolling
average
positivity
Alaska 776,213 20,470 655,728 3.0% 11.3%
Albuquerque 113,822 8,933 83,922 9.6% 10.6%
Bemidji 208,960 14,997 192,752 7.2% 10.4%
Billings 122,223 8,881 109,683 7.5% 11.5%
California 122,247 12,341 105,090 10.5% 11.3%
Great Plains 177,520 16,126 160,749 9.1% 7.8%
Nashville 113,101 9,379 100,690 8.5% 6.5%
Navajo 323,446 36,801 234,267 13.6% 11.5%
Oklahoma City 699,377 86,757 608,943 12.5% 10.7%
Phoenix 215,052 27,091 186,854 12.7% 12.3%
Portland 161,119 11,195 149,314 7.0% 14.4%
Tucson 39,402 3,309 35,980 8.4% 5.5%
TOTAL 3,072,482 256,280 2,623,972 8.9% 10.8%

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

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

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