Missouri COVID-19 data backlog cleared, but delays persist, health officials say 

Jackie Drees –
Friday, July 31st, 2020

A boost in both testing and favorable cases in July, coupled with testing delays at nationwide laboratories, is what caused the stockpile of information processing and entry at the state level, according to the department..

The department tweeted on July 30 that the days record increase in day-to-day cases and record high numbers in the last 10 days were since its “data-entry staff has actually worked vigilantly to clear the backlog,” adding that the days update will be its last with extra cases..

The department reported a cumulative total of 48,834 cases and 1,233 deaths on July 31, signifying the 10th straight day of a minimum of 1,000 new cases..

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On July 30, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services for the very first time reported more than 2,000 brand-new COVID-19 cases as an outcome of a 10-day information backlog, according to regional NBC affiliate KSDK..

Missouris health department said the July 31 upgrade will include only cases confirmed in the last 24 hours. In another tweet, the department explained that future everyday reports will continue to be affected by reporting hold-ups till staff can work through new backlogs..

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