From The Tribune staff reports
MONTGOMERY — The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is onboarding results from a large laboratory that has not previously reported COVID-19 results to ADPH.
Over the next two cycles of data entry, a large number of cases may be added to the Data and Surveillance Dashboard. Some of these cases will be from previous months. COVID-19 is a notifiable disease, and laboratories are mandatory reporters. ADPH does not have control over when results are reported.
In addition, ADPH receives reports of COVID-19 through its Report Card as well as the Alabama NEDSS Base System (ALNBS). When some entities enter the facility name by free text, the system may not pick up the name if hyphens or other characters do not match. When the system does not recognize the name to match to the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA), the report is rejected. CLIA is a required field for the laboratory report to be added to the system and counted as a case.
In addition, ADPH Information Technology is reprocessing some data to ensure the accuracy of reporting of cases. This reprocessing could result in additional cases being added to the case count.