Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

ihscovid19The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, and the results are showing up to November 16, 2022.

According to the data, 552,206 positive tests have come back for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

On July 24, IHS reached a milestone. According to the results, more than half a million patients of IHS have tested positive for COVID-19 since the outbreak of the epidemic in the Indian country more than two years ago.

Based on IHS service residents From 2,562,290 from 2019, this figure means that approx 21.5 percent of American Indians and Alaska Natives have tested positive for corona virus.

Based on Number of IHS users out of 1,662,834, 33.2 percent have tested positive. The users number Defined as the number of American Indians and Alaska Natives who have lived in a service delivery area and received health care at an IHS or tribal facility within the past 3 years.

In all, 4,958,085 coronavirus tests have been conducted within IHS, the results show.

Since mid-October 2020, the IHS has been providing additional information about the spread of the coronavirus within the system. The The cumulative percentage is positive The column shows the historical incidence rate of COVID-19, which means the number of tests that have come back positive since the start of the pandemic.

Based on The cumulative percentage is positiveThe highest rates were seen in five of the 12 IHS regions. Two of them include Arizona, indicating a disproportionate toll of COVID-19 in the state:

On January 19, the Oklahoma City area surpassed the Phoenix area as the district with the second-highest percentage of cumulative positive tests. However, the two regions have virtually the same cumulative positivity rate as of November 16.

The A positive 7-day rolling average The column provides a more up-to-date look at the impact of the coronavirus. The data shows where COVID-19 cases have recently increased in 12 IHS regions.

Overall, 11.8 percent of IHS tests have been positive since the start of the pandemic, the data shows. Meanwhile, the 7-day positivity rate has fallen dramatically, after record levels after the Christmas holidays of 2021. However, it has picked up in recent weeks and now stands at 13.4 percent.

However, the data is incomplete. While 100 percent of IHS-run facilities report data, only 33 percent of tribally managed facilities and 44 percent of urban Indian organizations do the same, the agency told Indianz.Com.

As of June 7, 2021, IHS has begun updating its coronavirus data on a weekly basis. But as the number of COVID-19 cases increases again, the agency updates the results twice a week — usually on Mondays and Thursdays. During 2020 and the first half of 2021, IHS provided results daily.

COVID-19 cases by IHS region

Data are reported from IHS, tribal and urban facilities to Indian organizations, although reporting by tribal and urban programs is voluntary. The data reflects cases reported to the IHS as of 11:59 p.m. on November 16, 2022.

IHS area







7 rolling days



Alaska 1,120,970 55827 915624 5.7% 3.3%
Albuquerque 181,605 17,335 140571 11.0% 7.7%
Pmidji 323,260 33668 288,056 10.5% 8.6%
Billings 161202 14229 142,056 9.1% 7.4%
California 200,935 23,092 167,963 12.1% 8.7%
Great Plains 298,919 32642 262,790 11.0% 7.2%
Nashville 199,783 21,695 167,784 11.4% 6.2%
Navajo 577118 85972 414,734 17.2% 21.3%
Oklahoma 1,224,284 185,381 1,027,590 15.3% 6.6%
Phoenix 331,638 50437 278,621 15.3% 24.6%
Portland 254,529 22467 231450 8.8% 15.6%
Tucson 83,842 9461 74101 11.3% 14.3%
the total 4,958,085 552206 4111340 11.8% 13.4%

COVID-19 test data is updated Monday and Thursday by 5 p.m. ET.

Data source: Indian Health Service (

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