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Posted: November 29, 2021

ihscovid19The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing results through November 28, 2021.

According to the data, 287,789 tests have returned positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. That represents an increase of 0.2 percent from the 287,099 cases previously reported by the iHS on November 23.

Altogether, 3,409,283 coronavirus tests have been administered within the IHS, the results show. That represents an increase of about 0.2 percent from five 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, all 12 IHS areas are seeing high COVID-19 rates, marking yet another instance of surges across every region of Indian Country. 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 and the rate has stayed consistently high. Throughout most of the pandemic, the Alaska Area had seen the lowest rate of COVID-19 cases within the IHS.

Overall, 9.0 percent of IHS tests have been positive since the onset of the pandemic, the data shows. Meanwhile, the 7-day average stands at 10.3 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 November 28, 2021.

 
IHS Area
 
 
Tested
 
 
Positive
 
 
Negative
 
Cumulative
percent
positive
7-day rolling
average
positivity
Alaska 862,560 26,494 728,597 3.5% 5.2%
Albuquerque 122,351 9,830 91,183 9.7% 14.3%
Bemidji 237,805 18,338 218,825 7.7% 9.4%
Billings 132,158 10,063 118,266 7.8% 9.6%
California 135,501 13,299 116,850 10.2% 5.5%
Great Plains 196,478 17,803 177,962 9.1% 9.5%
Nashville 122,450 9,905 109,805 8.3% 9.6%
Navajo 366,147 43,020 266,799 13.9% 15.8%
Oklahoma City 768,222 92,348 666,766 12.2% 7.9%
Phoenix 236,901 30,257 205,479 12.8% 16.1%
Portland 179,130 12,471 166,125 7.0% 11.3%
Tucson 49,580 3,961 45,494 8.0% 8.7%
TOTAL 3,409,283 287,789 2,912,151 9.0% 10.3%

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

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

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