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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 24, 2020.

IHS Area Tested Positive Negative
Alaska 196,732 1,879 174,471
Albuquerque 42,138 1,808 *  30,317
Bemidji * 50,897 1,659 46,373
Billings 56,160 2,238  50,333
California 12,062 730  10,586
Great Plains 66,911 3,100 63,026
Nashville 27,231 2,019  24,386
Navajo 89,222 11,617  68,610
Oklahoma City 160,880 11,194 146,659
Phoenix 67,253 9,466 56,929
Portland 32,082 2,479  28,829
Tucson 7,240 609  6,523
TOTAL 808,808 48,798 707,042

* Albuquerque Area Positive tests and Bemidji Area Tested, Positive and Negative tests decreased due to data reconciliation.

IHS COVID-19 Dashboard


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Website last updated September 25, 2020