Information on COVID-19 cases in Alabama was unclear on Tuesday and Wednesday, due to what the Alabama Department of Public Health said were technical issues with the reporting and surveillance system. state diseases.
ADPH has not updated state figures at least four times since July 20, citing similar technical issues.
ADPH’s COVID-19 dashboard said on Wednesday that the department was unable to report case data due to “technical difficulties with the Alabama NEDSS core system,” which stands for National Electronic Disease. Surveillance System, a national system developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help states manage data and report it to the CDC.
Since the issues go beyond the ministry’s public dashboard and also include the underlying data systems, they also affect other data tracking tools, including APRthe COVID-19 Data Dashboard.
The lack of up-to-date data comes as schools continue to send more students and staff home to quarantine due to COVID-19, and public hospitals see an increase in the number of COVID-19 patients, many of them are younger and in need of more extensive care.
Alabama’s COVID-19 hospitalizations, which are reported on a system separate from the basic NEDSS system, were updated daily and showed on Tuesday that the state had 60 fewer intensive care beds than patients who needed it.
2,845 people were hospitalized statewide with COVID-19 as of Wednesday, just 239 of the Alabama hospitalization record set on Jan.11. Of those hospitalized, 84% were not vaccinated, according to the Alabama Hospital Association. On Tuesday, 40 children were hospitalized statewide with COVID-19.
Alabama’s seven-day average positivity rate for the week ending Sunday was 21.9%. Public health experts say that rate – which measures the percentage of positive tests – should be 5% or less, otherwise cases will go undetected.