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Posted: January 10, 2022

ihscovid19The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing results through January 9, 2022.

According to the data, 328,891 tests have returned positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. That represents an increase of 4.2 percent from the 315,611 cases previously reported by the IHS on January 5.

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 172.5 percent since December 25, 2021.

Altogether, 3,698,110 coronavirus tests have been administered within the IHS, the results show. That represents an increase of nearly 1.5 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, continuing the post-Christmas holiday surge across every region of Indian Country. 

Overall, 9.5 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 24.8 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 9, 2022.

IHS Area
7-day rolling
Alaska 915,554 30,420 769,838 3.8% 14.9%
Albuquerque 129,814 10,902 99,631 9.9% 31.7%
Bemidji 257,728 21,559 235,330 8.4% 27.8%
Billings 137,514 10,377 123,165 7.8% 12.7%
California 143,801 14,167 123,572 10.3% 25.2%
Great Plains 214,049 19,913 193,326 9.3% 19.4%
Nashville 135,617 12,221 119,493 9.3% 29.4%
Navajo 405,877 50,073 295,498 14.5% 26.1%
Oklahoma City 852,798 106,054 734,168 12.6% 30.1%
Phoenix 257,629 34,609 221,777 13.5% 30.5%
Portland 189,781 13,486 175,687 7.1% 19.7%
Tucson 57,948 5,110 52,719 8.8% 18.4%
TOTAL 3,698,110 328,891 3,144,204 9.5% 24.8%

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

Source: Indian Health Service (

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