Backlog reporting causing inflated COVID case count

The Ohio Department of Health says it will be reporting an artificially high COVID-19 case count for the next several days.

A release from ODH stated the inflated numbers are being caused by a processing lag due to the unprecedented number of cases reported.

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ODH said as COVID-19 cases reached all-time highs, their electronic lab reporting system that feeding into the Ohio Disease Reporting System reached its processing capacity, causing a backlog.

A processing enhancement was implemented Thursday to expand the state’s capacity to process a higher volume of lab results. That enhancement allowed the backlog to clear and to better keep up with the daily processing of positive test results.

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ODH said that as the results are processed, positive cases will be attributed to their proper illness onset date on the COVID-19 overview dashboard.