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Posted: April 29, 2022

ihscovid19The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing results through April 27, 2022.

According to the data, 461,328 tests have returned positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. That represents an increase of 0.2 percent from the 460,386 cases reported by the IHS a week ago on April 20.

Altogether, 4,322,759 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 of 12 IHS 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 27.

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 been steadily rising in the last couple of weeks. It now stands at 5.3 percent, which is still lower than the extremely high rates seen after the 2021 Christmas holiday season.

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 27, 2022.

IHS Area
7-day rolling
Alaska 1,037,795 48,411 857,845 5.3% 6.9%
Albuquerque 145,295 13,575 111,059 10.9% 4.7%
Bemidji 296,059 28,688 266,382 9.7% 5.5%
Billings 151,890 13,237 134,162 9.0% 4.5%
California 174,348 19,710 147,152 11.8% 1.7%
Great Plains 245,637 25,587 217,937 10.5% 4.1%
Nashville 159,713 16,703 138,032 10.8% 11.4%
Navajo 478,613 67,194 344,425 16.3% 4.4%
Oklahoma 1,037,024 157,512 868,778 15.3% 2.8%
Phoenix 293,605 43,294 247,676 14.9% 6.4%
Portland 226,481 18,786 206,790 8.3% 12.6%
Tucson 76,299 8,631 67,398 11.4% 8.1%
TOTAL 4,322,759 461,328 3,607,636 11.3% 5.3%

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

Source: Indian Health Service (

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