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Posted: April 1, 2022

ihscovid19The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing results through March 30, 2022.

According to the data, 457,859 tests have returned positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. That represents an increase of about 0.3 percent from the 456,571 cases reported by the IHS a week ago on March 23.

Altogether, 4,250,059 coronavirus tests have been administered within the IHS, the results show. That represents an increase of 0.5 percent from a week 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 30.

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, 11.4 percent of IHS tests have been positive since the onset of the pandemic, the data shows. Meanwhile, the 7-day positivity rate has gradually fallen in recent weeks, settling at 4.6 percent, the lowest since the Christmas holiday season 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. 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 30, 2022.

 
IHS Area
 
 
Tested
 
 
Positive
 
 
Negative
 
Cumulative
percent
positive
7-day rolling
average
positivity
Alaska 1,021,997 47,145 845,961 5.3% 8.2%
Albuquerque 142,643 13,431 108,563 11.0% 3.8%
Bemidji 291,996 28,479 262,564 9.8% 1.9%
Billings 151,215 13,225 133,490 9.0% 1.0%
California 172,013 19,659 145,116 11.9% 2.0%
Great Plains 241,461 25,413 213,931 10.6% 2.1%
Nashville 156,472 16,475 135,014 10.9% 5.9%
Navajo 469,133 66,719 335,861 16.6% 4.2%
Oklahoma 1,016,822 157,084 849,080 15.6% 1.3%
Phoenix 288,475 43,097 244,150 15.0% 4.1%
Portland 222,261 18,522 203,111 8.4% 5.8%
Tucson 75,571 8,610 66,701 11.4% 1.7%
TOTAL 4,250,059 457,859 3,543,542 11.4% 4.6%

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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