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State delays Saturday's COVID-19 report due to an influx of previously reported data from one lab

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Posted at 5:57 PM, Oct 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-10 18:33:33-04

Saturday's daily COVID-19 reports will be delayed until Sunday, the Florida Department of Health says.

Friday night, the Department of Health received approximately 400,000 previously-reported COVID-19 test results from Helix Laboratory – a private lab that is not affiliated with the state of Florida, officials say.

According to the DOH, the massive size of the data file and the need to de-duplicate hundreds of thousands of results prevented the Department of Health's automatic reporting system from processing Friday's results as it normally does.

State epidemiologists are currently working to reconcile the data, which will take a day to finish. Therefore, the daily report will resume Sunday.

The Department of Health points out this reporting issue is not related to notifying individuals of their results. Notification is performed by the lab or entity that offered the test.

The Department says it remains committed to providing Floridians with the most accurate, up-to-date COVID-19 testing and surveillance information available.