NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) — Half one million Texans acquired their coronavirus check outcomes weeks in the past, however native well being authorities are simply now discovering out about it.
The Texas Division of State Well being Providers (DSHS) says it’s working to clear a backlog of instances that went unreported on account of what it calls ‘formatting and coding’ points with its digital lab reporting system. The state says three labs – Quest Diagnostics, CHRISTUS Meditech, and Walgreens – had issues submitting their check outcomes.
Quest Diagnostics instructed CBS 11 Information the state changed a server with out telling them. The lab says it continued sending studies on each optimistic and damaging check outcomes to the previous server, not realizing state wasn’t receiving them.
“No one is extra pissed off, I’d assume, than I’m proper now,” mentioned Dallas County Choose Clay Jenkins.
Instances in Dallas County seemed to be in sharp decline all through July. However over the weekend the county discovered of greater than 5,000 beforehand unreported instances — most of them courting again to July.
In consequence, case numbers appeared decrease than they need to have, simply as mother and father and college districts have been wrestling with whether or not to return youngsters to class.
Dr. Peter Hotez, Baylor School of Drugs’s infectious illness specialist, says having correct case numbers is very necessary proper now. “I believe they’re going to be essential to make good choices about whether or not to open colleges,” he mentioned.
The state has brazenly admitted its mistake and Hotez believes it’s working to appropriate it. “I’m fairly assured there’s no conspiracy, no weirdness happening. Everybody’s inundated, everybody’s overwhelmed with making an attempt to handle the info underneath tough circumstances. Glitches are going to occur,” he mentioned.
A drop in hospitalizations and deaths signifies instances total are declining, however by how a lot is unclear. The state says it’ll take a couple of days to clear the backlog.