BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A COVID-19 database issue could mean the latest Kern case numbers are unreliable.
The Kern County Public Health Services Department reported 291 new COVID-19 cases Thursday morning, as it does every day. However, the release comes only after labs have sent the results through the state’s official database called CalREDIE.
“This database that the state maintains is where all of our lab results go into and then get distributed out by county,” said Matt Constantine, director of the Kern County Public Health Department.
“Currently, that system is not currently working,” he stated, noting it is facing a glitch where the database cannot process the tests. The glitch could be why Kern’s case numbers may appear lower than they actually are. Once the glitch is fixed, the numbers could change.
“We would likely expect additional cases in the future [once the glitch is fixed]. We don’t know how many and we don’t know when it will be fixed.”
The state is providing its assistance to local hospitals struggling with staffing. Constantine said the state has sent medical teams to several local hospitals including Kern Medical, Delano regional, Adventist Health Bakersfield, and Memorial and Mercy Hospitals.
“That work continues and we continue to monitor that very closely,” Constantine said.
Additionally, Constantine confirms the county is preparing to deliver 22 pallets worth of personal protective equipment (PPE) to Kern’s 10 acute care hospitals, respectively, in the coming days.
On Friday Assemblymembers responded to the glitch in the state reporting system:
Making sure that positive COVID-19 cases are accurately reported and not undercounted is extremely important for the health, safety, and well-being of our community. I continue to work with the administration on these issues and encourage everyone to follow the health and safety guidelines established by our public health department.Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield)
The inaccuracies with the CalREDIE database need to be resolved immediately by the state. We are making real time decisions based on the information provided to us. These major decisions hinge upon the accuracy of data we have. This is a critical problem that needs to be fixed immediately in order for us to move forward.Assemblymember Vince Fong (R-Bakersfield)