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Pending test results could skew Alabama’s COVID-19 numbers

(WKRG) – The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) announced Wednesday that it will soon be receiving results from a large lab that had not reported its COVID-19 results to the department.

Due to this delayed reporting, upcoming COVID-19 figures reported by ADPH will be skewed. More cases will be reported in the coming days, but that doesn’t mean all of these cases have been recent.

“Over the next two cycles of data entry, a large number of cases could be added to the data and surveillance dashboard. Some of these cases will be from previous months, ”ADPH said in a statement.

For information on when a case occurred versus when the case was reported, click here.

ADPH says COVID-19 is a reportable disease and labs are mandatory reporters, which means ADPH has no control over when results are reported. Other factors affect the COVID-19 data reported to ADPH.

“ADPH receives reports on COVID-19 through its report card as well as the Alabama NEDSS Base System (ALNBS). When some entities enter the facility name in free text, the system may not enter the name if there are dashes or other characters that do not match. When the system does not recognize the name to match the changes made to clinical lab improvement (CLIA), the report is rejected. CLIA is a required field for the lab report to be added to the system and counted as a case. ADPH Information Technology reprocesses certain data to ensure the accuracy of the reporting of cases. This restatement could result in the addition of additional cases to the number of cases. “



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