Officials: Oklahoma’s COVID-19 case count to dramatically climb due to past failure to report around 1,300 positive cases

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OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Officials with the Oklahoma State Department of Health are warning Oklahomans about a dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases that will be included in Wednesday’s data.

On Tuesday, State Epidemiologist Dr. Jared Taylor says that Wednesday’s COVID-19 case numbers will feature a dramatic increase.

Taylor says around 1,300 new cases will be added to Wednesday’s case numbers due to an error in one lab’s reporting.

He issued the following statement about the technical error, which said in part:

“As part of our effort to transition COVID-19 case reporting away from the PHIDDO system and onto a more stable platform, OSDH has been working to onboard labs to a new electronic laboratory reporting system. As with any transition to a new system, occasional technical errors are expected. Our internal team conducts routine quality assurance checks to ensure those errors are caught and corrected in a timely manner.

Earlier this week, one of our routine quality assurance checks revealed a technical error that occurred while onboarding a particular lab to the new electronic laboratory reporting system. Although the technical error is specific to only one lab, it resulted in the failure to upload approximately 1,300 positive COVID-19 cases onto our dashboard over a six-week period.”

DR. JARED TAYLOR, STATE EPIDEMIOLOGIST

The cases that failed to upload occurred primarily between the months of December and February and break down as follows:

  • 271 cases from December
  • 448 cases from January
  • 296 cases from February
  • 133 cases from March

“OSDH leadership was appropriately notified and adjustments were immediately implemented to ensure the lab’s data is properly uploaded moving forward,” Taylor said in the statement.

The approximately 1,300 previously unreported cases will be added to the dashboard on Wednesday, April 7, to ensure all cases are reflected in Oklahoma’s total, Taylor said.

“As a result, cases for that day will appear artificially high,” he said.

However, he says that even though Oklahomans will see a spike in Wednesday’s case count, it is not reflective of the current situation in the state.

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