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Posted: June 16, 2022

ihscovid19The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing results through June 14, 2022.

According to the data, 475,464 tests have returned positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

Altogether, 4,457,841 coronavirus tests have been administered within the IHS, the results show.

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 cumulative positivity rate as of June 14.

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 has grown to 15.3 percent, one of the highest rates seen since 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 twice a week — usually 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 Jun 14, 2022.

IHS Area
7-day rolling
Alaska 1,068,495 51,095 880,562 5.5% 8.7%
Albuquerque 149,899 14,043 115,232 10.9% 9.8%
Bemidji 304,488 30,044 273,009 9.9% 13.2%
Billings 153,666 13,382 135,682 9.0% 16.9%
California 179,760 20,385 151,780 11.8% 17.3%
Great Plains 251,327 25,942 223,291 10.4% 8.5%
Nashville 166,373 17,410 143,955 10.8% 15.6%
Navajo 499,616 70,198 361,651 16.3% 23.1%
Oklahoma 1,068,486 160,085 897,541 15.1% 14.0%
Phoenix 302,739 44,564 255,481 14.9% 18.9%
Portland 233,246 19,484 212,811 8.4% 13.4%
Tucson 79,746 8,832 70,644 11.1% 16.7%
TOTAL 4,457,841 475,464 3,721,639 11.3% 15.3%

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

Source: Indian Health Service (

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