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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 September 16, 2020.

IHS Area Tested Positive Negative
Alaska 176,095 1,558 154,747
Albuquerque 40,563 1,750 28,871
Bemidji 49,593 1,452 45,698
Billings 54,934 1,935 48,434
California 11,287 694 9,869
Great Plains 62,381 2,761 58,956
Nashville 26,047 1,964 23,282
Navajo 85,521 11,491 65,844
Oklahoma City 149,916 10,042 136,920
Phoenix 64,789 9,255 54,717
Portland 30,203 2,404 27,030
Tucson 6,989 597 6,287
TOTAL 758,318 45,903 660,655
IHS COVID-19 Dashboard


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Website last updated September 17, 2020