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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus Disease 2019

The Indian Health Service continues to work closely with our tribal partners and state and local public health officials to coordinate a comprehensive public health response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

This is a rapidly evolving situation. More cases of COVID-19 are likely to be identified in the coming days. The potential public health threat posed by COVID-19 is very high. We must be vigilant in our efforts to slow the spread of infections among our patients and within the communities we serve.

The federal government is working closely with state, local, tribal, and territorial partners, as well as public health partners, to respond to this public health threat.

For the latest general information about COVID-19, we encourage everyone to periodically review CDC’s COVID-19 webpage Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov  . Information specific to the federal response in Indian Country can be found below.

COVID-19 Cases by IHS Area as of March 26, 2020

Following guidance established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, clinicians at IHS collect samples with swabs and access testing through laboratories in their jurisdictions. This is the standard testing procedure across the country and is not unique to the IHS. These data represent the total number of Indian Health Service patients tested for COVID-19, reported to the IHS as of 7:00 p.m. EDT on March 26, 2020. A confirmed case is defined as a person who has tested positive for 2019 novel coronavirus. Data is reported from IHS, tribal, and urban Indian organization facilities, though reporting by tribal and urban programs is voluntary. This is a rapidly evolving situation and the IHS will provide updated information as it becomes available and is verified.

IHS Area Tested Positive Negative
Alaska 346 1 156
Albuquerque 82 1 34
Bemidji 14 0 9
Billings 133 1 93
California 291 13 149
Great Plains 70 2 38
Nashville 56 1 33
Navajo 1103 72 727
Oklahoma City 271 4 125
Phoenix 68 5 31
Portland 209 10 117
Tucson 3 0 1
TOTAL 2646 110 1513

Website last updated March 27, 2020