Another person dies with COVID-19 in VC; state works to correct underreporting of cases

8 4 20 COVID screenshot

This is the Ventura County Public Health graph from Monday, Aug. 3 showing nine COVID-19 cases reported in Ojai's 93023 ZIP code in the last 14 days.


Ventura County Public Health reported Aug. 4 that a 92-year-old man with underlying health conditions is the 77th person in Ventura County to die with COVID-19.

It also reported that 79 people are in hospitals with COVID-19 and 21 of them are in intensive care units.
California Department of Public Health did not report the Aug. 4 number of COVID-19 cases because it "has discovered an underreporting of COVID-19 cases due to technology issues with the electronic laboratory reporting system which reports into the state’s disease registry system," according to a press release issued Aug. 4. It continued: "However, patient care and test results are not affected or delayed by this issue. Laboratories continue to report test results directly to providers and hospitals, and hospitalization and death rates are not impacted as they are reported directly to the state through different systems. This is also likely leading to underreporting of cases at the local level as well.
"While clinicians are still able to report to local health departments, this issue may impact a local public health department’s ability to receive all lab reports in order to case investigate and contact trace.
"To address this issue, CDPH has taken the following actions:
"— Deployed a team from the Department of Technology to assess the underlying code.
"— Engaged our local public health officers to ensure they have necessary information.
"— Instructed all laboratories in California to manually report all positive cases to the local public health departments."








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