COVID-19 tally inflated by lab's delay, large events
August 28, 2020
Large group COVID-19 outbreaks remain a concern in Minnesota ahead of school reopenings that could accelerate the spread of the infectious disease, but state health officials warned that Thursday's one-day high of 1,158 confirmed cases was an anomaly due to delays by one lab.
A glut of 19,000 test results from samples collected in the past two weeks was turned over by Valley Medical after the state contacted the Burnsville-based medical provider about irregular reporting. Among those, 4,658 diagnostic tests and 265 positive infections with the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 were included in Thursday's daily report and padded the totals.
While an official for Valley Medical said all patients with positive tests were informed directly within 24 hours, the Minnesota Department of Health said this delayed notification to the state hurts its ability to combat the broader pandemic.