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Posted: June 28, 2022

ihscovid19The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing results through June 26, 2022.

According to the data, 480,473 tests have returned positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

Altogether, 4,485,580 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 26.

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 has grown significantly to 18.8 percent as of June 26, 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 26, 2022.

IHS Area
7-day rolling
Alaska 1,072,716 51,499 882,984 5.5% 10.8%
Albuquerque 151,053 14,184 116,253 10.9% 8.1%
Bemidji 305,511 30,220 273,846 9.9% 17.1%
Billings 153,977 13,423 135,961 9.0% 11.5%
California 180,488 20,547 152,382 11.9% 24.3%
Great Plains 253,029 26,106 224,823 10.4% 14.8%
Nashville 167,212 17,561 144,639 10.8% 18.0%
Navajo 505,324 71,711 365,559 16.4% 29.5%
Oklahoma 1,076,980 161,550 904,570 15.2% 18.2%
Phoenix 305,009 45,181 257,140 14.9% 27.9%
Portland 234,299 19,612 214,036 8.4% 8.5%
Tucson 79,982 8,879 70,833 11.1% 20.0%
TOTAL 4,485,580 480,473 3,743,026 11.4% 18.8%

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

Source: Indian Health Service (

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