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Posted: March 3, 2022

ihscovid19The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing results through March 2, 2022.

According to the data, 452,408 tests have returned positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. That represents an increase of 0.3 percent from the 450,947 cases previously reported by the IHS on February 27.

Altogether, 4,162,887 coronavirus tests have been administered within the IHS, the results show. That represents an increase of almost 0.4 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:

On January 19, the Oklahoma City Area overtook the Phoenix Area as the region with the second highest percentage of cumulative percent positive tests. But the two regions still have nearly the same positivity rate as of March 2.

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, 11.5 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 10.1 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 March 2, 2022.

IHS Area
7-day rolling
Alaska 1,000,809 45,170 829,563 5.2% 10.7%
Albuquerque 139,732 13,142 105,865 11.0% 7.7%
Bemidji 287,575 28,286 258,367 9.9% 9.8%
Billings 149,883 13,174 132,245 9.1% 11.0%
California 165,341 18,917 139,322 12.0% 5.7%
Great Plains 236,254 25,188 208,922 10.8% 7.0%
Nashville 153,140 16,348 131,987 11.0% 5.3%
Navajo 458,992 65,906 327,161 16.8% 19.6%
Oklahoma City 996,655 156,657 829,475 15.9% 4.8%
Phoenix 283,677 42,786 239,643 15.1% 15.8%
Portland 215,845 18,242 196,863 8.5% 3.7%
Tucson 74,984 8,592 66,132 11.5% 10.1%
TOTAL 4,162,887 452,408 3,465,545 11.5% 10.1%

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

Source: Indian Health Service (

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