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Posted: January 18, 2022

ihscovid19The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing results through January 16, 2022.

According to the data, 359,264 tests have returned positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. That represents an increase of about 5.2 percent from the 341,643 cases previously reported by the IHS on January 12.

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 more than 251 percent since December 25, 2021, and 81.8 percent since January 1, 2022.

Altogether, 3,798,390 coronavirus tests have been administered within the IHS, the results show. That represents an increase of 1.4 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, 10.1 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 32.0 percent following a short period of declining rates. High rates, yet still far below the current 7-day rate, were 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 16, 2022.

IHS Area
7-day rolling
Alaska 929,293 32,657 778,943 4.0% 17.8%
Albuquerque 131,089 11,196 100,312 10.0% 23.9%
Bemidji 262,030 22,895 238,288 8.8% 30.3%
Billings 139,959 10,767 125,035 7.9% 16.0%
California 146,528 14,601 125,357 10.4% 22.8%
Great Plains 215,882 20,518 194,597 9.5% 33.0%
Nashville 138,957 13,383 121,984 9.9% 38.2%
Navajo 420,041 54,099 303,175 15.1% 29.0%
Oklahoma City 892,725 121,481 757,432 13.8% 39.1%
Phoenix 264,194 36,758 225,968 14.0% 33.6%
Portland 197,408 15,331 181,379 7.8% 25.2%
Tucson 60,284 5,578 54,578 9.3% 42.0%
TOTAL 3,798,390 359,264 3,207,048 10.1% 32.0%

COVID-19 testing data is updated on Mondays and Thursdays by 5 pm ET.

Source: Indian Health Service (
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