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Ohio reports more than 41,000 COVID-19 cases Friday due to test backlog

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Ohio reported more than 41,000 COVID-19 cases Friday due to a backlog of lab results.

The state reported 41,455 COVID-19 cases, putting the total number of cases at 2,307,691.

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The Ohio Department of Health said this will continue for the next several days.


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ODH said lab data is automatically submitted to them through electronic lab reporting.

Since cases have reached all-time highs, the system is also reaching its processing capacity, resulting in a multiple-day backlog of tens of thousands of results.

The backlog has also led to some positive test results needing further manual review by state epidemiologists.

ODH said a processing enhancement was implemented late Thursday to expand the state’s capacity to process a higher volume of lab results, enabling the backlog to begin to clear and to better keep up with the daily processing of positive test results.

As these results are processed, positive cases will be attributed to their proper illness onset date on the COVID-19 overview dashboard, which better depicts the spread of COVID-19 in Ohio.

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