‘We’re feeling blind’: Misreported data makes COVID-19 situation look better than it is, Santa Clara Co. health officer says

The coronavirus widespread is distant from over, Santa Clara Province Wellbeing Officer Dr. Sara Cody cautioned in a Wednesday press conference, and misreported COVID-19 information at the state level may be making the circumstance see rosier than it really is.

“Just as we had back in February and Walk when we didn’t have sufficient testing, we felt dazzle,” Cody said. “I would say that right presently… we’re back to feeling blind.” State authorities accept the number of modern COVID-19 cases in California has been underreported for days or indeed weeks. Cody said the issue goes back to mid-July.

“We just don’t know. We don’t know if our cases are rising, plateauing or decreasing,” Cody said. “It’s not just inconvenient, but this lack of data doesn’t allow us to know where the epidemic is heading, how fast it’s growing or not.”

Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said in recent days that California has not been receiving a full count of tests conducted, or positive results, through electronic lab reports because of the unresolved issue, which he did not describe in detail. The state’s data page now carries a disclaimer saying the numbers “represent an underreporting of actual positive cases” per day.

Santa Clara County’s hospitalization numbers, which are being accurately recorded, offer some picture of whether the coronavirus crisis is worsening. While hospitalizations rose rapidly in the first few weeks of July, Cody said they have plateaued in recent days. One hundred and sixty-nine patients remain hospitalized with the virus in the county.

Santa Clara County has been on the state’s COVID-19 watch list since July 12.

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