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Posted: March 7, 2022

ihscovid19The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing results through March 6, 2022.

According to the data, 453,131 tests have returned positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. That represents an increase of about 0.1 percent from the 452,408 cases previously reported by the IHS on March 2.

Altogether, 4,172,344 coronavirus tests have been administered within the IHS, the results show. That represents an increase of 0.2 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:

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 6.

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 8.1 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 6, 2022.

 
IHS Area
 
 
Tested
 
 
Positive
 
 
Negative
 
Cumulative
percent
positive
7-day rolling
average
positivity
Alaska 1,001,358 45,225 830,057 5.2% 12.4%
Albuquerque 139,811 13,160 106,011 11.0% 16.0%
Bemidji 288,110 28,323 258,852 9.9% 7.8%
Billings 149,937 13,179 132,291 9.1% 8.6%
California 166,518 19,024 140,388 11.9% 4.9%
Great Plains 237,285 25,222 209,937 10.7% 3.9%
Nashville 153,566 16,363 132,219 11.0% 3.7%
Navajo 460,404 66,111 328,247 16.8% 14.4%
Oklahoma City 999,126 156,737 831,862 15.9% 3.7%
Phoenix 284,511 42,862 240,422 15.1% 10.0%
Portland 216,696 18,332 197,691 8.5% 9.7%
Tucson 75,022 8,593 66,169 11.5% 13.2%
TOTAL 4,172,344 453,131 3,474,146 11.5% 8.1%

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

Source: Indian Health Service (https://www.ihs.gov/coronavirus)

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