Technical Issues Delay Reporting Of COVID-19 Cases

Jul 20, 2020

Weekend reporting of cases and deaths is typically very low compared to weekdays, but health officials say that due to technical data entry issues, case counts for Sunday and Monday are lower than normal and do not reflect real-time data.

Oklahoma health officials report new cases of COVID-19 increased by 168 on Monday. That's less than a one percent increase in total reported cases, with the state's total now at 25,433.

One new death was reported — a female in the 65 or older age group in Tulsa County — bringing the state's death toll to 452.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health said in a release on Friday that they continue to deal with outdated data systems that are often depended on fax machines and manual data entry. They say this often leads to inconsistencies in data collection and delays in reporting results.

With the delay in reporting new cases, reports over the next few days are expected to be higher than normal.