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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 has received nearly $3 billion in 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 Vaccine Distribution and Administration by IHS Area

As of March 1, 2021, the IHS is distributing vaccine allocations of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine. The table below shows the total number of vaccine doses distributed and administered per IHS Area to date.

Area Total Doses Distributed* Total Doses Administered**
Albuquerque 68,835 58,828
Bemidji 52,615 43,192
Billings 25,715 21,447
California 73,075 37,690
Great Plains 62,450 40,625
Nashville 36,095 24,490
Navajo 148,345 111,353
Oklahoma City 273,600 138,548
Phoenix 87,840 59,607
Portland 39,085 33,455
Tucson^ 5,200 3,800
Grand Total 872,855 573,035

*Distributed Data Source: IHS National Supply Service Center, includes total doses ordered and anticipated to be delivered by February 26, 2021.

**Administered Data Source: CDC Clearinghouse data from Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS) and IHS Central Aggregator Service (CAS). Data in the CDC Clearinghouse reflects prior day data. Data may be different than actual data as there are known CDC data lags and ongoing quality review of data including resolving data errors.

^The Tucson Area vaccine administration data is currently being validated.

Note: Alaska Area – all tribes chose to receive COVID-19 vaccine from the State of Alaska.

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 March 1, 2021.

IHS Area
positive *
7-day rolling
positivity *
Alaska 522,195 11,176 442,385 2.5% 0.8%
Albuquerque 88,762 7,990 60,032 11.7% 3.4%
Bemidji 140,391 10,049 126,835 7.3% 2.5%
Billings 93,990 7,292 83,433 8.0% 3.3%
California 70,452 7,422 59,409 11.1% 10.1%
Great Plains 132,711 13,799 118,403 10.4% 6.5%
Nashville 69,065 5,874 62,255 8.6% 5.7%
Navajo 226,711 30,887 153,886 16.7% 7.9%
Oklahoma City 445,588 59,144 381,646 13.4% 8.1%
Phoenix 163,052 23,125 139,032 14.3% 6.4%
Portland 102,269 7,201 94,284 7.1% 2.5%
Tucson 24,302 2,701 21,448 11.2% 3.8%
TOTAL 2,079,488 186,660 1,743,048 9.7% 4.6%

* 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 March 2, 2021