High test volume prevents Sunday COVID-19 report

By KAITLIN GEBBY
Posted 6/29/20

An “unplanned shutdown” halted the reporting of new COVID-19 cases by the Tennessee Department of Health on Sunday, which said laboratories are experiencing a high volume of tests to …

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High test volume prevents Sunday COVID-19 report

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An “unplanned shutdown” halted the reporting of new COVID-19 cases by the Tennessee Department of Health on Sunday, which said laboratories are experiencing a high volume of tests to process. 

TDH uses the National Electronic Disease Surveillance System Base System (NBS) developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The system allows health departments to manage disease data and send it to the CDC. 

It’s also the system that houses the entirety of Tennessee’s reportable disease data, including COVID-19, and is the system health department staff members use to perform public health case investigations. A problem occurred around 3 a.m. Sunday and was corrected by 11 a.m.

“Due to an extremely high volume of both COVID-19 and other laboratory test results being reported, there have been recent intermittent backlogs of labs in queue to be imported into the NBS system,” TDH reported. “This issue is not unique to Tennessee, and is affecting all NBS jurisdictions. The TDH team has been working closely with the NBS vendor and Tennessee State Government information technology support to quickly implement fixes that have been identified.” 

Because of the delay, TDH said their 24-hour report would have used “incomplete” data, so a report for new cases was not issued Sunday. 

As of Saturday, the Tennessee Department of Health reported 40,172 total cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed in Tennessee since March. Of that total, 26,159 have recovered, 584 have died and 2,54 have been hospitalized. 

In Bradley County, Saturday’s report confirmed a total of 444 cases of COVID-19, with 310 recoveries and three deaths. 

Confirmed case totals for Bradley County neighbors, as of Saturday, include: 

 • Grundy: 59 cases, 44 recoveries and 1 death;

 • Hamilton: 2,321 cases, 1,417 recoveries and 29 deaths;

 • Marion: 57 cases, 43 recoveries and 4 deaths;

 • McMinn: 203 cases, 148 recoveries and 17 deaths;

 • Meigs: 32 cases, 26 recoveries and 0 deaths;

 • Monroe: 118 cases, 90 recoveries and 4 deaths;

 • Polk: 38 cases, 29 recoveries and 0 deaths;

 • Rhea: 262 cases, 237 recoveries and 0 deaths; and

 • Sequatchie: 24 cases, 19 recoveries and 0 deaths.

 Counties with Tennessee's highest numbers of cases include:

 • Bedford: 482 cases, 333 recoveries and 5 deaths;

 • Bledsoe: 616 cases, 611 recoveries and 1 death;

 • Davidson: 8,675 cases, 5,770 recoveries and 110 deaths; 

 • Knox: 878 cases, 553 recoveries and 5 deaths;

 • Lake: 691 cases, 687 recoveries and 0 deaths; 

 • Montgomery: 438 cases, 177 recoveries and 7 deaths;

 • Putnam: 735 cases, 582 recoveries and 7 deaths;

 • Robertson: 751 cases, 451 recoveries and 11 deaths;

 • Rutherford: 2,362 cases, 1,070 recoveries and 34 deaths;

 • Shelby: 9,139 cases, 6,110 recoveries and 182 deaths;

 • Sumner: 1,318 cases, 553 recoveries and 51 deaths;

 • Trousdale: 1,476 cases, 1,366 recoveries and 5 deaths;

 • Williamson: 945 cases, 481 recoveries and 14 deaths; and

 • Wilson: 725 cases, 396 recoveries and 16 deaths.

According to Johns Hopkins University, as of Monday morning, 2.5 million individuals in the United States have tested positive for COVID-19, with 125,803 deaths and 685,164 recoveries.

Globally, 10.1 million individuals have tested positive, resulting in 502,048 deaths and more than 5.1 million recoveries, according to Johns Hopkins.




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