California still struggling with COVID-19 data-reporting inaccuracies


Californias coronavirus reporting system has suffered from a technical problem in the last week, causing underreported cases. Some counties have stopped updating their COVID-19 dashboards with the incorrect information, while others are attempting to track the infection spread manually with spreadsheets, according to a report from The Mercury News.
The reporting problem affects COVID-19 case counts and positivity rates; hospitalizations and death rates associated to COVID-19 are still accurate, according to the report. The California Reportable Disease Information Exchange is created to gather and report data, however the independently owned platform that feeds lab reports into the system had a data overload.
Mark Ghaly, MD, Californias health department secretary, stated his team is working around the clock to make sure information is accurate and updated, and the department will launch a report about the glitch after the problem is solved.
The glitch was initially identified in late July, and labs have been offering information by hand ever since for the state to send to counties in a spreadsheet. However when officials from San Mateo County examined the data, they found arise from Utah and Nevada in addition to their own.
San Francisco officials have actually stopped reporting COVID-19 cases due to the fact that of the glitch.
On Aug. 5, The Press Democrat reported that approximately one-third of the coronavirus cases in Sonoma County were not counted due to the reporting issues.

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