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Posted: January 6, 2022

ihscovid19The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing results through January 5, 2022.

According to the data, 315,611 tests have returned positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. That represents an increase of nearly 2.5 percent from the 307,954 cases previously reported by the IHS on January 1.

The comparison, though, is based on cumulative tests. Based on the 7-day rolling positivity rates, the number of cases reported by the IHS has increased a whopping 138 percent since December 25, 2021.

Altogether, 3,644,317 coronavirus tests have been administered within the IHS, the results show. That represents an increase of nearly 1.0 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 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. 

Notably, the Alaska Area has returned the list of regions with high 7-day positivity rates since the start of 2022. The state had fallen below 5.0 percent in early December after seeing a long stretch of higher rates.

Overall, 9.2 percent of IHS tests have been positive since the onset of the pandemic, the data shows. Meanwhile, the 7-day positivity rate has dramatically jumped to 21.7 percent following a short period of declining rates. A long period of extremely high rates was seen in Indian Country starting in the summer 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 by the IHS 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 January 5, 2022.

IHS Area
7-day rolling
Alaska 906,886 29,029 763,936 3.7% 11.8%
Albuquerque 129,746 10,632 97,723 9.8% 13.6%
Bemidji 254,418 20,709 232,959 8.2% 25.6%
Billings 136,935 10,303 122,742 7.7% 8.6%
California 141,761 13,753 122,163 10.1% 28.5%
Great Plains 212,024 19,569 191,713 9.3% 20.7%
Nashville 132,583 11,589 117,648 9.0% 26.3%
Navajo 395,915 47,427 289,427 14.1% 21.4%
Oklahoma City 837,450 101,555 723,556 12.3% 25.8%
Phoenix 253,348 33,222 218,669 13.2% 26.6%
Portland 188,549 13,272 174,723 7.1% 22.0%
Tucson 54,702 4,551 50,028 8.3% 23.6%
TOTAL 3,644,317 315,611 3,105,287 9.2% 21.7%

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

Source: Indian Health Service (

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