ICYMI: Los Angeles Times: "Broken' coronavirus tracking system leaves California in the dark: 'We have no idea'"

By Anita Chabria and Maura Dolan
August 6, 2020

SACRAMENTO —  The breakdown in California’s coronavirus test reporting system is disrupting pandemic response efforts across the state, leaving local officials in the dark about the spread of COVID-19 and blocking the ability of counties to get restrictions lifted until the system is fixed.

State officials have not yet provided details on when fixes will be made to the electronic system, called CalREDIE, that reports coronavirus test results to the state’s disease registry system.  California, as a result, lacks an accurate count of coronavirus infections,  …

The flawed picture has cast into serious doubt California’s pandemic outlook. …

… But one of the most damaging fallouts of the missed data, … might be a decline in public trust. …

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San Francisco Chronicle: “California’s coronavirus response is in crisis mode, as computer glitch makes case data unreliable”

By Dustin Gardiner and Erin Allday
August 7, 2020  

SACRAMENTO — Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Gavin Newsom has said the state’s response would be guided by data. Now, a lack of accurate data has thrown that response into limbo.

A bug in California’s electronic system for collecting infectious disease data is causing mass confusion over the state coronavirus response …

State officials revealed the computer problem Tuesday, and admitted that it has led to cases being underreported in many if not all counties. Even though the problem apparently started last month, Newsom cited some of the now-questionable data Monday as reason for cautious optimism after more than a month of surging numbers.

The malfunction, which state officials have not fully explained, . …

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