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Missouri health department says 5,000-case increase was reporting error

Missouri health department says 5,000-case increase was reporting error

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ST. LOUIS — A reporting error on the state’s new COVID-19 data dashboard caused it to look like more than 5,000 new cases of the coronavirus had been detected in the state on Saturday, health officials said.

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services officials said Sunday that a “database extract error” on Saturday caused an “incorrect inflation in the number of reported cases going back over several days, suggesting that over 5,020 cases had been added in 24 hours.”

Staff are working to fix the issue, officials said, though a timeline for the problem to be fixed wasn’t offered. Updated case numbers were not immediately provided.

The state introduced a new data dashboard for tracking COVID-19 cases and testing across the state in late September, including data by county, per capita and with a demographic breakdown. The dashboard also ranks counties by infection rate and compares Missouri with the rest of the country on COVID-19 metrics.

The system, called EpiTrax, is meant to consolidate COVID-19 tracking statewide so the public can view it.

“DHSS team members have examined the system issue and are working urgently to resolve it,” a statement reads. “The Show Me Strong COVID-19 Public Health Dashboard will be updated once that resolution is complete.”

On Sunday, the city of St. Louis reported 7,565 cases total since the start of the pandemic, and 201 deaths.

St. Louis County reported 26,342 total cases on Sunday since the start of the pandemic.

Illinois

In Illinois, there were 2,727 new coronavirus cases reported and nine new deaths, bringing the total number of cases to 319,150 and the total number of deaths to 8,984.

State health officials are monitoring the virus’ rate of spread by region. In region four, the area which includes St. Clair, Monroe and Madison counties, the test positivity rate has hovered just below 6.5% for the last several days.

St. Clair County is offering COVID-19 testing with no appointment needed at St. Clair Square Mall on Monday and Tuesday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Masks are required. St. Clair County has a 7.4% positivity rate as of Sunday, with more than 8,000 cases reported in the county since the start of the pandemic.

Madison County reported 41 new cases on Sunday, for a total of 6,382 cases.

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