Technical issues continue to skew state virus data
Technical issues are again being blamed for inaccurate COVID-19 data reporting. The Oklahoma State Department of Health said low case counts reported Sunday and Monday do not reflect real-time data.
“In the meantime, Oklahomans who receive a positive test result through a State lab will continue to be promptly notified and connected to contact tracing efforts,” read a Monday situation update from OSDH.
Only 377 new cases of COVID-19 were reported by OSDH on Sunday and Monday, compared to the 916 new cases reported on Saturday. The total number of confirmed cases statewide remained above 25,000 Monday.
Three new cases were reported in Carter County on Monday, with two in Ardmore and one in Lone Grove.
The statewide virus-related death toll also rose to 452 on Monday after a Tulsa County woman died due to the disease.
State health officials on Friday admitted that dated technology and manual data entry is causing delays in coronavirus data reporting.
Monday’s new case count is the lowest one-day number recorded since June 14 at the beginning of a massive surge in virus confirmations. The 28 new hospitalizations recorded between Sunday and Monday is also among some of the lowest numbers recorded since early June.
Seven-day averages of new confirmed cases and new virus-related hospitalizations, which tend to even out volatile swings in daily reported numbers, remain well above averages recorded before the recent surge.
Health department workers carrying out contact tracing of people exposed to the virus will begin implementing text messaging. More information about what contacts can expect to see in a text notification from OSDH is expected later this week.