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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. 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.

The IHS formed a Critical Care Response Team [PDF] of expert physicians, registered nurses, and other healthcare professionals provide urgent lifesaving medical care on an as needed basis to COVID-19 patients admitted to IHS or tribal hospitals. The IHS has also rapidly deployed telehealth services Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving  both to maintain routine patient care and to allow critical care consultation for COVID-19 patients.

The IHS received over $2.4 billion in new funding to provide resources for IHS, tribal, and urban Indian health programs to prepare for and respond to the coronavirus pandemic. We have worked closely with tribes and urban Indian organizations throughout this pandemic to get resources out to facilities as quickly as possible. Additionally, the IHS has distributed rapid point-of-care testing systems and supplies Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving  and remdesivir [PDF], an investigational antiviral medicine to treat certain people in the hospital with COVID-19, at no cost to tribal and IHS facilities.

More information on the IHS response can be found in the IHS Covid-19 Response 100 Day Review [PDF – 411 KB] and Executive Summary [PDF – 207 KB]. This report covers actions taken by the IHS to support federal, tribal, and Urban Indian Organizations between March 6, 2020 through June 14, 2020.

For the latest general information about COVID-19, we encourage everyone to periodically review CDC’s COVID-19 webpage Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving  .

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 October 20, 2020.

IHS Area
positive *
7-day rolling
positivity *
Alaska 279,818 3,624 249,923 1.4% 2.6%
Albuquerque 49,692 2,313 36,394 6.0% 8.3%
Bemidji 64,946 2,803 59,480 4.5% 9.3%
Billings 69,007 4,440 60,678 6.8% 20.6%
California 22,509 1,424 20,786 6.4% 5.7%
Great Plains 82,663 5,014 76,340 6.2% 15.5%
Nashville 32,587 2,342 29,205 7.4% 6.8%
Navajo 109,106 12,362 82,235 13.1% 5.6%
Oklahoma City 199,931 15,338 180,117 7.8% 11.5%
Phoenix 80,687 10,427 69,238 13.1% 9.1%
Portland 37,541 2,793 33,969 7.6% 5.7%
Tucson 7,981 634 7,239 8.1% 3.1%
TOTAL 1,036,468 63,514 905,604 6.6% 8.7%

* Cumulative percent positive and 7-day rolling average positivity are updated three days per week.

IHS COVID-19 Dashboard


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Website last updated October 21, 2020