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Posted: June 3, 2020

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus testing data, showing results as of 11:59 pm Eastern on June 1, 2020.

According to the data, 11,475 tests have returned positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. That represents an increase of nearly 2.3 percent from the 11,220 cases previously reported.

Altogether, 133,355 tests have been reported within the IHS system. The number grew by about 2.9 percent from May 31.

Overall, 8.6 percent of coronavirus tests are returning positive for COVID-19, the data shows. But the rate is far higher, nearly 23 percent, in the Navajo Area, which serves the largest reservation in the United States. 

The Nashville Area, with nearly 14.3 percent of tests returning COVID-19 positive, and the Phoenix Area, with 12.2 percent positive, are also higher than the IHS national rate.

On the other end of the spectrum, aggressive efforts in the Alaska Area are turning up very few cases. Out of 19,665 tests administered, only 0.18 returned positive, the data shows.

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.

According to the IHS budget justification for the current fiscal year (2020), there are 2,895,571 American Indians and Alaska Natives in the U.S., which is the most recent user population estimate. Based on that number, 4.6 percent of Native Americans have been tested for the coronavirus since the IHS began reporting data in March.

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 June 1, 2020.

IHS Area Tested Positive Negative
Alaska 19,665 36 16,241
Albuquerque 11,985 754 7,462
Bemidji 7,407 244 6,299
Billings 11,796 239 10,964
California 3,024 123 2,376
Great Plains 8,411 417 7,875
Nashville 5,356 763 4,268
Navajo 27,289 6,272 20,093
Oklahoma City 16,493 346 14,670
Phoenix 15,142 1,850 12,894
Portland 5,305 373 4,934
Tucson 1,482 58 1,267
TOTAL 133,355 11,475 109,343


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