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Officials: Alabama resolves reporting lag in COVID-19 cases

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — State health officials said Saturday they have resolved a lag in getting the latest COVID-19 case numbers reported to a state website.

The Alabama Department of Health cautioned Saturday that the latest case counts appear to display sizeable increases in all numbers. “The reason is that there has been a lag time in adding some reports,” state health officials said in a statement.

Health officials said the issues with the vendor and surveillance system have been resolved.

As of Saturday, Alabama had reported more than 19,700 positive tests for COVID-19 and 685 deaths from the illness. The number of cases rose by more than 600 in a single day as the reporting backlog was cleared.

On Monday, the state dashboard listed 18,075 cases and 644 reported deaths.

State health officials earlier in the week announced the problem with the dashboard and cautioned there was a lag in getting cases to the public dashboard.

The health department said “the national surveillance pipeline is becoming overwhelmed and is causing delays” because of the large increase in the volume of COVID-19 tests being processed by state and private labs.

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