A top California health official says a technical glitch that caused a lag in collecting coronavirus test information has been fixed, but it could take up to 48 hours to get the data updated. (August 7)
MARK GHALY: Our data system failed, and that failure led to inaccurate case numbers and case positivity rates. It also prevented counties from having some of the data they need to monitor and respond to the virus in their communities.
Number two, no changes to our response policies were based on the incomplete data.
Number three, we believe the trends we discussed earlier this week remain the same. Case rates continue to follow the trend we see in hospitalizations, showing slight decreases.
Over the last 24 hours, we have seen a normalization of the flow of data coming into our lab-reporting system. We expect that over the next 24 to 48 hours that the backlog that is between 250,000 and 300,000 records will be resolved, giving us a better sense of the total number of tests that were delayed.