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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 February 22, 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 61,295 49,818
Bemidji 45,275 35,010
Billings 21,175 19,163
California 62,795 28,607
Great Plains 54,970 32,727
Nashville 31,525 19,832
Navajo 134,355 76,359
Oklahoma City 247,830 103,949
Phoenix 78,890 48,844
Portland 35,045 27,569
Tucson^ 4,800 2,190
Grand Total 777,955 444,068

*Distributed Data Source: IHS National Supply Service Center, includes total doses ordered and anticipated to be delivered by end of week February 15, 2021, delays such as weather may impact full delivery by the end of the week.

**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 (February 21, 2021). Data may be different than actual data as there are known CDC data lags and ongoing quality review of data including resolving data errors.

^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 February 24, 2021.

IHS Area
positive *
7-day rolling
positivity *
Alaska 515,003 11,106 435,283 2.5% 0.8%
Albuquerque 87,541 7,950 59,520 11.8% 5.5%
Bemidji 138,634 10,008 125,108 7.4% 2.8%
Billings 93,608 7,287 83,073 8.1% 6.6%
California 69,705 7,331 58,643 11.1% 9.6%
Great Plains 132,011 13,749 117,750 10.5% 6.4%
Nashville 68,075 5,824 61,219 8.7% 8.3%
Navajo 225,339 30,804 152,720 16.8% 9.1%
Oklahoma City 443,050 58,945 379,165 13.5% 10.2%
Phoenix 161,747 23,043 137,813 14.3% 6.3%
Portland 101,062 7,163 93,099 7.1% 2.6%
Tucson 24,113 2,695 21,265 11.2% 7.4%
TOTAL 2,059,888 185,905 1,724,658 9.7% 4.7%

* 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 February 25, 2021