Official: California fixed glitch that backlogged COVID data

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Posted at 8:31 PM, Aug 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-07 23:31:22-04

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.

Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly says up to 300,000 records might have been backlogged, but not all of them are coronavirus cases and some may be duplicates.

County health officials say they’ve been flying blind, unable to conduct robust contact tracing or monitor health factors without timely information.

Ghaly says the problem began with a computer server outage in late July.

He said officials believe overall COVID-19 trends remain consistent.