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Posted: July 8, 2022

ihscovid19The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing results through July 6, 2022.

According to the data, 486,380 tests have returned positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

Altogether, 4,516,154 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 July 6.

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 20.7 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 Jul 6, 2022.

IHS Area
7-day rolling
Alaska 1,077,319 52,103 886,152 5.6% 13.3%
Albuquerque 152,138 14,420 117,124 11.0% 24.0%
Bemidji 307,060 30,485 275,099 10.0% 10.9%
Billings 154,278 13,464 136,222 9.0% 15.0%
California 181,361 20,748 153,046 11.9% 27.3%
Great Plains 254,247 26,267 225,883 10.4% 16.0%
Nashville 167,908 17,700 145,191 10.9% 22.8%
Navajo 508,659 72,705 367,801 16.5% 30.3%
Oklahoma 1,088,276 163,776 913,912 15.2% 19.4%
Phoenix 306,776 45,709 258,335 15.0% 27.5%
Portland 237,767 20,021 217,097 8.4% 24.4%
Tucson 80,365 8,982 71,114 11.2% 21.9%
TOTAL 4,516,154 486,380 3,766,976 11.4% 20.7%

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

Source: Indian Health Service (

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