California COVID-19 data discrepancies leave health official ‘feeling blind’

A number of problems are adding to the state underreporting COVID-19 cases and deaths, California health secretary Mark Ghaly, MD, said on Aug. 4, according to The Press-Enterprise.
The flawed data programs COVID-19 cases dropped 17 percent in the previous week while deaths increased 20 percent; Dr. Ghaly stated the California health department has actually determined some discrepancies in information reported and is working to get precise info from laboratories. The issues are due to a glitch in the reporting system that impacts the number of cases reported, but not the number of hospitalizations or deaths.
Los Angeles city officials are annoyed with the unreliable information as they try to make decisions about resource management and reopening.
” We simply do not know if our cases are increasing, plateauing or reducing,” stated Sara Cody, MD, Santa Clara County health officer in the report. Some health specialists have actually said California hit its peak of COVID-19 cases based on existing information, but Dr. Ghalys statement of case under-reporting calls into question whether the state in fact hit its peak.
Dr. Ghaly stated the glitch in the states COVID-19 case reporting system impacted the seven-day positivity rate, and Dr. Cody said in an Aug. 5 news conference that the incomplete data suggests the county is “back to feeling blind,” according to a report from a regional CBS station.
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