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Shasta County Public Health says it's not too worried about undercount in coronavirus cases

A glitch in the state's disease registry system might be linked to underreporting of coronavirus cases

Posted: Aug 5, 2020 7:23 PM

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. - A glitch in the state's disease registry system might be linked to underreporting of coronavirus cases.

But Shasta County Public Health officials say they’re not too worried about the glitch impacting data here at home. The state discovered an underreporting of coronavirus cases because of technology issues. Specifically, submitting reports into the state's disease registry system.

“We believe that number is underreported due to some data challenges at the state level,” said Kerri Schuette, a spokesperson with the Shasta Health & Human Services agency.

But Public Health it's not too worried about underreporting here in Shasta County.

“We know about hospital cases because we're in constant communication with the hospitals every day, we're not worried about an undercount there,” said Dr. Karen Ramstrom, the Public Health Officer for Shasta County.

“We have provider reports and our providers are pretty good at reporting.”

But for Redding locals like Marcee Martinez, the news of the statewide glitch has her concerned.

“It concerns me for people's health,” said Martinez. “I think if there's underreporting, there's a chance that other people can get exposed that maybe otherwise wouldn't have been.”

But Martinez still remains cautiously optimistic that despite the statewide issue there won't be an explosion of cases in where she lives.

“I think we've down a really nice job locally, testing, reporting, mitigating to a certain extent,” said Martinez.

Public Health believes it's not missing a large number of coronavirus cases.

“We don’t think we're too far behind,” said Ramstrom. “We might be missing a few but we have reports coming in and other methods that we're pretty comfortable with that we're not missing a large number.”

The state is working to repair this issue, but it's still unknown when this glitch will be fixed.

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