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Posted: May 2, 2022

ihscovid19The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing results through May 1, 2022.

According to the data, 461,842 tests have returned positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. That represents an increase of nearly 0.2 percent from the 460,771 cases reported by the IHS a week prior on April 24.

Altogether, 4,331,005 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 May 1.

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, 11.3 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 5.8 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 May 1, 2022.

IHS Area
7-day rolling
Alaska 1,039,939 48,568 859,224 5.4% 7.2%
Albuquerque 145,518 13,590 111,252 10.9% 6.0%
Bemidji 296,455 28,743 266,720 9.7% 8.0%
Billings 151,951 13,237 134,223 9.0% 3.4%
California 174,705 19,731 147,478 11.8% 6.1%
Great Plains 246,157 25,601 218,446 10.5% 3.6%
Nashville 160,136 16,749 138,414 10.8% 13.4%
Navajo 480,358 67,302 345,978 16.3% 5.3%
Oklahoma 1,038,243 157,546 869,969 15.3% 2.8%
Phoenix 294,156 43,337 248,183 14.9% 8.1%
Portland 227,031 18,806 207,319 8.3% 7.9%
Tucson 76,356 8,632 67,454 11.3% 6.2%
TOTAL 4,331,005 461,842 3,614,660 11.3% 5.8%

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

Source: Indian Health Service (

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