Data error inflated COVID-19 cases in Missouri, state says: 4 details

The Missouri health department stated it postponed updating its COVID-19 dashboard on Oct. 11 due to a data extract mistake.

4 information:
1. The health departments dashboard reported COVID-19 cases nearly doubling from Oct. 10 to Oct. 11 to 144,230 cases. The 5,066 cases added on Oct. 11 was the largest single-day increase reported in the state, according to a regional NBC affiliate TELEVISION station.
2. The state health department reported moving its COVID-19 screening and case data to a new combined system called EpiTrax and said a database extract mistake improperly pumped up the number of cases reported over the last several days.
3. After recognizing there was an issue Oct. 11, the state said its control panel group began examining the data to find the problem and fix it.
4. The EpiTrax system intends to standardize data management and avoid more reporting problems.
” We are dedicated to constantly improving our practices,” stated Randall Williams, director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. “While our updated internal processes satisfy of reporting information with higher granularity, completing the new approach to change manual entry provides our team with technical obstacles that we are overcoming.”

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The health departments dashboard reported COVID-19 cases almost doubling from Oct. 10 to Oct. 11 to 144,230 cases. The 5,066 cases added on Oct. 11 was the largest single-day boost reported in the state, according to a local NBC affiliate TELEVISION station.
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