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Posted: April 5, 2022

ihscovid19The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing results through April 3, 2022.

According to the data, 458,279 tests have returned positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. That represents an increase of almost 0.2 percent from the 457,387 cases reported by the IHS on March 27.

Altogether, 4,259,483 coronavirus tests have been administered within the IHS, the results show. That represents an increase of about 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 April 3.

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 4.5 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 April 3, 2022.

IHS Area
7-day rolling
Alaska 1,024,994 47,378 848,281 5.3% 8.5%
Albuquerque 142,756 13,445 108,702 11.0% 8.1%
Bemidji 292,325 28,493 262,871 9.8% 2.9%
Billings 151,296 13,225 133,570 9.0% 1.1%
California 172,170 19,663 145,275 11.9% 1.5%
Great Plains 242,039 25,425 214,499 10.6% 2.2%
Nashville 157,203 16,490 135,737 10.8% 2.7%
Navajo 470,331 66,763 336,929 16.5% 3.6%
Oklahoma 1,018,366 157,122 850,481 15.6% 1.0%
Phoenix 288,899 43,111 244,560 15.0% 3.2%
Portland 223,398 18,552 204,219 8.3% 2.6%
Tucson 75,706 8,612 66,834 11.4% 1.8%
TOTAL 4,259,483 458,279 3,551,958 11.4% 4.5%

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

Source: Indian Health Service (

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