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Posted: April 11, 2022

ihscovid19The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing results through April 10, 2022.

According to the data, 459,107 tests have returned positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. That represents an increase of nearly 0.2 percent from the 458,279 cases reported by the IHS a week ago on April 3.

Altogether, 4,279,052 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 10.

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 4.8 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 10, 2022.

IHS Area
7-day rolling
Alaska 1,028,795 47,683 851,218 5.3% 8.5%
Albuquerque 143,977 13,501 109,097 11.0% 3.5%
Bemidji 293,172 28,537 263,684 9.8% 5.0%
Billings 151,518 13,227 133,787 9.0% 0.6%
California 172,503 19,670 145,581 11.9% 0.8%
Great Plains 243,072 25,511 215,449 10.6% 8.3%
Nashville 157,688 16,517 136,203 10.8% 5.5%
Navajo 472,947 66,880 339,252 16.5% 4.7%
Oklahoma 1,025,792 157,236 857,874 15.5% 1.5%
Phoenix 289,849 43,155 245,459 15.0% 4.7%
Portland 223,801 18,571 204,601 8.3% 3.3%
Tucson 75,938 8,619 67,049 11.4% 4.0%
TOTAL 4,279,052 459,107 3,569,254 11.4% 4.8%

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

Source: Indian Health Service (

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