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Posted: March 1, 2022

ihscovid19The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing results through February 27, 2022.

According to the data, 450,947 tests have returned positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. That represents an increase of 0.4 percent from the 448,951 cases previously reported by the IHS on February 22.

Altogether, 4,147,610 coronavirus tests have been administered within the IHS, the results show. That represents an increase of almost 0.4 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:

On January 19, the Oklahoma City Area overtook the Phoenix Area as the region with the second highest percentage of cumulative percent positive tests. The Oklahoma City Area is now effectively sharing the top spot long held by the Navajo Area, as the cumulative positive rates in the two regions are almost identical.

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 in the 12 areas of the IHS.

Overall, 11.6 percent of IHS tests have been positive since the onset of the pandemic, the data shows. Meanwhile, the 7-day positivity rate has slowly fallen in recent days, settling at 10.5 percent for now.

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. 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 February 27, 2022.

IHS Area
7-day rolling
Alaska 996,653 44,643 826,417 5.1% 8.8%
Albuquerque 139,408 13,090 105,633 11.0% 5.9%
Bemidji 287,005 28,233 257,847 9.9% 10.7%
Billings 149,647 13,154 132,032 9.1% 15.7%
California 164,735 18,786 138,836 11.9% 8.5%
Great Plains 236,254 25,188 208,922 10.8% 11.3%
Nashville 152,530 16,328 131,393 11.1% 8.8%
Navajo 457,654 65,688 326,100 16.8% 21.0%
Oklahoma City 991,456 156,391 824,555 15.9% 4.3%
Phoenix 282,917 42,682 238,988 15.2% 17.7%
Portland 214,610 18,208 195,858 8.5% 5.9%
Tucson 74,741 8,556 65,925 11.5% 5.7%
TOTAL 4,147,610 450,947 3,452,506 11.6% 10.5%

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

Source: Indian Health Service (

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