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Posted: January 13, 2022

ihscovid19The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing results through January 12, 2022.

According to the data, 341,643 tests have returned positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. That represents an increase of almost 3.9 percent from the 328,891 cases previously reported by the IHS on January 9.

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 199 percent since December 25, 2021, and 54 percent since January 1, 2022.

Altogether, 3,745,079 coronavirus tests have been administered within the IHS, the results show. That represents an increase of nearly 1.3 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, all 12 IHS areas are seeing high COVID-19 rates, continuing the post-Christmas holiday surge across every region of Indian Country. 

Overall, 9.7 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 27.2 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, 2021, 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 12, 2022.

IHS Area
7-day rolling
Alaska 923,096 31,445 775,038 3.9% 15.5%
Albuquerque 130,634 11,102 100,125 10.0% 29.1%
Bemidji 259,702 22,211 236,719 8.6% 28.2%
Billings 138,677 10,535 124,223 7.8% 13.3%
California 145,637 14,396 124,802 10.3% 22.3%
Great Plains 215,882 20,518 194,597 9.5% 24.6%
Nashville 137,319 12,748 120,923 9.5% 31.6%
Navajo 409,917 51,170 297,779 14.7% 26.7%
Oklahoma City 869,298 112,095 743,234 13.1% 34.0%
Phoenix 259,890 35,231 223,095 13.6% 30.7%
Portland 195,072 14,772 179,538 7.6% 24.3%
Tucson 59,955 5,420 54,407 9.1% 24.5%
TOTAL 3,745,079 341,643 3,174,480 9.7% 27.2%

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

Source: Indian Health Service (

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