Coronavirus: Technical Problem Leads to California Under COVID-19 Cases Report

LOS ANGELES – California’s coronavirus test results have declined due to a technical problem, casting doubt on the accuracy of recent data showing improvements in infection rates and number of positive cases, and efforts to track prevalence Obstructing, the top of the state. The health officer said on Tuesday.Secretary of Health and Human Services Drs. Mark Gali said in recent days that unresolved issues in California have not resulted in a complete count of tests conducted through electronic lab reports or positive results, which he has not described in detail. The state’s data page now returns a disclaimer stating that the number “represents a low number of true positive cases per day”.

However, on Tuesday, hospital admissions reported a decline.”Instead of 10% reduction in hospitals yesterday, we are now down by 11% in the last 14 days. And similarly, admissions in our ICUs are also decreasing,” he said.

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Gali said that California is at the forefront of the epidemic battlefield, conducting more than 120,000 tests each day – totaling more than 8 million, representing 14% of all trials in the US

But as the state struggles with this first wave of COVID-19, ghee sees more trouble on the horizon.

Gali said experts are unsure of the magnitude of a second and possibly third wave, but they may occur in the upcoming flu season.

“We can see something in the fall, and I’ll remind you that the concern is not just in the fall, but it’s the flu in the fall and is actually a preparation to respond to two powerful, infectious diseases at the same time,” he said. .

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The latest daily tally posted on Tuesday saw 4,526 newly confirmed positivity, the lowest in more than six weeks, and a record over 13,000 drop two weeks ago. County health officials have posted notices on their sites recommending Lag, saying the drop in cases may not portray a complete picture.

Wendy Hetherington, Riverside County’s leading epidemiology and program evaluation, said she believes her county has not had hundreds of cases reported a day late last week. The undercount hinders the ability to find newly infected individuals and quickly contacts those who are in close contact with them so that they can quarantine to avoid spreading the disease.

“We are delaying the investigation of the case. We are delaying going forward,” he said, adding, “We cannot tell how well we are doing until we resolve the issue.”

Even with under-reporting of cases, California has recorded more positive tests than any other state, about 520,000.

Since the second increase of cases in early June, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday gave his most optimistic report on the state’s virus efforts. He said daily cases had dropped by an average of 2,200 in the past week and an infection rate of 6.1% was much lower than the nearly 8% recorded last month.

Gali acknowledged that the news that was highlighted was based on incomplete data and the missing data are being inputted manually. He stressed that observing trends for one and two weeks can help with missing data for individual days.

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Ghali said hospitalization data – which do not run through the same troubled system – have seen signs of improvement. In the latest count, 6,302 people were admitted to the hospital on Tuesday, 12% less than the height recorded in July. Deaths now exceed 9,500.

In California, laboratories send virus test data and results to a state database that is accessible to county health officials. Counties including Orange and Sacramento have noted the delay, and Pleasure County posted on its website that its virus cases have been underestimated as a result.

Los Angeles County health officials said the state called an emergency call Monday night to discuss the issue. Now, a team from the county is reaching out to more than 80 laboratories to obtain test results for the past nine days to determine an accurate case count, and set up a system to directly receive data in the future Contact tracing efforts should not be delayed, the county’s health department said in a statement.

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Gali said the states were trying to fix the issue and manually relay the information to county health officials so that they could follow up on the cases and conduct interviews to identify people who had contact with an infected person So that a process is interrupted by a data delay.

“We’re not sure when we’ll come up with a definitive fix for the problem,” he said.

In addition to delays, the number of infections is generally considered higher than reported cases because many people have not been tested, and studies show that people can become infected without feeling ill. For most people, the virus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more serious illnesses, including pneumonia and death. is.

In Riverside County, Hetherington said doctors are still receiving positive tests to inform their patients. He urged people to stay home if they are ill or to test positive to avoid infecting others.

“It really affects our ability to investigate cases and follow up with contacts and businesses where exposure occurs,” she said. “Until this lab issue is fixed, we can’t really say what the true picture is.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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