Reporting delays impact virus numbers

HONOLULU — The daily reporting of positive COVID-19 cases in Hawai‘i has been temporarily affected by missing data on Saturday and again Sunday from Clinical Laboratories of Hawai‘i, a major private laboratory conducting most of tests in the state.

From the test results that are available Sunday, the state Department of Health reported 45 additional cases of coronavirus. This marked the second day new case numbers dropped from triple digits to double digits. But this is not a complete and accurate picture due to the temporary delay in receiving complete data.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park explains, “We are missing electronic laboratory reporting data from one of the private clinical laboratories, from July 31 to today (Sunday, Aug. 2). This is likely a result of recent modifications in data reporting required by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“We have advised the affected laboratory to provide manual reporting of data until they’re able to correct the reporting issues,” she said. “This is impacting our ability to quickly identify and investigate new persons with COVID-19 and to contact-trace.”

The DOH will likely need to update case numbers from Friday on, she said.

  1. David August 3, 2020 5:15 am Reply

    Does this have anything to do with the change of reporting from the CDC to the government mandated by President Trump?

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