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Positive COVID-19 cases rise as state addresses testing backlog

The state’s data backlog in processing COVID-19 tests has been cleared up, according to the California Department of Public Health, resulting in a jump in positive cases being reported.

Since Friday, the state processed the roughly 300,000 backlogged CalREDIE records, including both negative and positive test results. The issue with the state’s electronic laboratory reporting system that generated the backlog has been addressed, according to the CDPH, and the system will be monitored.

As a result of the backlog being addressed, the case counts reported on Tuesday, and in the next few days, will include cases that would have been reported in earlier day and weeks and are not an accurate representation of cases reported in the prior 24 hours.

As of Tuesday, California has 574,411 confirmed cases. There have been 9,186,279 tests conducted in California. There have been 10,468 COVID-19 deaths throughout the state since the start of the pandemic.

Stanislaus County has recorded 10,855 positive cases as of Tuesday, with 59,344 negative tests. There have been 9,953 recovered cases and 177 deaths. The Stanislaus County Department of Public Health is also reporting that adult intensive care unit bed availability is at critically low levels.

The CDPH is also monitoring the number of cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C). As of Tuesday, 36 cases of MIS-C have been reported statewide. This rare inflammatory condition is associated with COVID-19 and can damage multiple organ systems. MIS-C can require hospitalization and be life threatening. Signs and symptoms of MIS-C include fever that does not go away, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes or feeling tired. Health officials urge parents to contact their child’s doctor immediately if their child has these symptoms. Early diagnosis and treatment of patients is critical to preventing long-term complications.