Georgian Ministry of Public Health issues statement on COVID Daily Situation Report issues and their resolution

The Georgian Ministry of Public Health has published the following statement on issues with the electronic lab reporting system that delayed updates by days:

Atlanta – Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) Daily Status Report has been updated as expected today and accurately reflects case and test data. The Electronic Laboratory Reports (ELRs) issues identified last week have been fully investigated and the issue resolved. It is important to note that the data on the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths are from sources other than the ELR and, as such, have not been affected by the issue.


Every day, tens of thousands of records are reported to DPH via ELR. Laboratory reports are assigned an ELR classification – they are classified as positive or negative or inconclusive. If a lab report contains incorrect or incomplete information, the system does not assign an ELR classification. Reports that do not receive a classification are further investigated and filed manually.

During the pandemic response, approximately 2.6 million reports required manual classification.

The problem

Due to the continued high transmission rates of COVID-19 and the Omicron variant, and the associated increase in testing, the ELR processing system was overwhelmed by the unprecedented number of reports received over the weekend of New Year. The system almost shut down. Processes that normally took 3 minutes took 5 hours.

To speed up these processes, a change has been made to the coding application. As a result of this change, all reports have been recounted since the start of the pandemic response. The recount included reports of 2.6 million that required manual classification as if they had never been manually categorized, and dated January 4, 2022. These reports of 2.6 million were incorrectly reflected in the column “PCR / Molecular Reported Today” on the Daily State Report; and after further investigation they also appeared in tables and charts where the information has been sorted by date of collection, in this case January 4, 2022.

As a precaution, updates to the daily status report have been suspended.

The resolution

Once the coding issue was identified as the root cause of the issue, it was resolved and extensive system testing and verification was performed over the past four days. The dashboard updated today at 3pm on its regular schedule. Today’s dashboard reflects all data since the last update on January 5, 2022, resulting in very high numbers.

DPH’s goal is to present accurate and transparent data on COVID-19 in Georgia. Thank you for your continued patience as DPH actively works to upgrade systems that process extraordinary volumes of data every day.

For more data on COVID in Cobb County and statewide

Cobb & Douglas Public Health manages the case rate on its home page, although it is not updated frequently.

Visit the Cobb & Douglas Public Health home page by following this link

A more frequently updated summary of COVID statistics for Cobb County is the CDC County View page for Cobb County. The numbers come from the Georgia Department of Public Health, but are displayed in a much easier-to-read fashion than the sprawling GDPH website. From this page you can get a week’s numbers on the number of new cases, the rate of cases per 100,000 population, hospitalizations, deaths and the percentage change from the previous 7 day period. . It also includes data on testing and vaccination rates.

Visit the CDC County View page for Cobb County by following this link

Georgia’s public health department releases a daily pandemic situation report every afternoon around 3 p.m. .

It’s not the easiest system to navigate, but it’s worth spending the time learning how to use it if you want to get the latest national and local data on the state of COVID-19.

Visit the Georgia Department of Public Health Daily Status Report by following this link

To get an overview of the pressure the pandemic has placed on hospital systems in terms of emergency room visits, hospital bed capacity and ventilator use, there is a report on hospital bed utilization and fans with interactive maps. The map is organized by hospital region and Cobb County is part of region N.

Visit the Georgia Hospital Beds and Ventilator Report by following this link

To obtain data on the percentage of patients in Georgia hospitals who have been admitted for COVID-19 compared to all other causes, there is a Patient Census of Georgia Medical Facilities. It also reports figures by state and by hospital region.

Visit the Georgia Medical Facility Patient Census by following this link

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