CA’s Data Glitch Resolved, Updated Case Counts Coming

Gov. Gavin Newsom and other top state officials say California’s coronavirus test reporting system has been fixed and the backlog resolved.

State Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly says the missing test results have now been sent to local counties to be processed.

"We are flattening the curve again although with a lot of cases," said State Senator Richard Pan of Sacramento, who is also a pediatrician. "They are basically feeding in all of the cases that we were missing, so we are going to be able to get more accurate numbers pretty soon."

As both a physician and state legislator, he understands the ebb and flow of the pandemic better than most and sees some reason for encouragement: deaths and hospitalizations are down significantly over the past two weeks.

Pan believes that once the data is updated the numbers will show an improvement, but says the state has a long way to go.

"We are flattening the curve but we have to work to bend the curve so that the number of cases go down. And we haven’t gotten there yet," he said. "So we have to keep wearing a mask, keep your physical distance, wash your hands. We have to get the case numbers down, way down from where we are now."

Pan is also concerned that the glitch has seriously undermined public confidence, and believes the glitch happened because California has underinvested in its public health infrastructure and IT system.