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Posted: April 20, 2022

ihscovid19The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing results through April 16, 2022.

According to the data, 459,937 tests have returned positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. That represents an increase of nearly 0.2 percent from the 459,107 cases reported by the IHS a week prior on April 10.

Altogether, 4,296,946 coronavirus tests have been administered within the IHS, the results show. That represents an increase of 0.4 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 16.

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 national 7-day positivity rate has gradually fallen in recent weeks, settling at 4.9 percent, one of 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 16, 2022.

IHS Area
7-day rolling
Alaska 1,032,675 48,015 854,098 5.30% 9.00%
Albuquerque 144,541 13,539 110,337 10.90% 5.30%
Bemidji 294,147 28,570 264,610 9.70% 3.60%
Billings 151,650 13,228 133,937 9.00% 0.80%
California 173,565 19,689 146,390 11.90% 0.30%
Great Plains 243,880 25,515 216,252 10.60% 0.50%
Nashville 158,361 16,566 136,817 10.80% 9.80%
Navajo 475,213 67,029 341,274 16.40% 6.70%
Oklahoma 1,029,516 157,318 861,515 15.40% 2.10%
Phoenix 292,143 43,188 246,324 14.90% 1.40%
Portland 225,237 18,661 205,669 8.30% 6.30%
Tucson 76,018 8,619 67,129 11.40% 0.00%
TOTAL 4,296,946 459,937 3,584,352 11.40% 4.90%

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

Source: Indian Health Service (

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