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Informational Notice - Recent Delay in Daily COVID-19 Reporting Driven by Technical Issue
October 12, 2020
Recent Delay in Daily COVID-19 Reporting Driven by Technical Issue
Commercial Lab Submitted Results in Accordance with Florida Statute and DOH Procedures
The Florida Department of Health announced Saturday that our daily COVID-19 data and surveillance reports would be delayed until Sunday due to the overnight submission of what appeared to be approximately 400,000 previously reported COVID-19 test results by Helix, a private laboratory.
Helix's submission was significantly lower than 400,000. An unforeseen technical issue resulted in the data's repeated replication.
This was not the fault of Helix or the Department of Health. We are working with technical experts to ensure this does not happen with subsequent data submissions.
State epidemiologists quickly noticed the error and took immediate action, reviewing and deduplicating all 400,000 individual results within 24 hours and eliminating any potential impact to the Department's statewide efforts in contact tracing. The swift response by Department staff and ready support from Helix ensured a complete and speedy resolution; none of the replicated test results have been included in subsequent daily reports.
All reported information representing past test numbers, case counts, and positivity rates remains accurate and unaffected by replicated data and there has been no delay to the return of test results to individuals or health care providers.
More Information on COVID-19
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