Maryland hospital COVID-19 data processing glitch causes 'artificially high' case count

Frederick County in Maryland surpassed its daily record for COVID-19 infections Jan. 12 following a 48-hour test processing data backlog the prior weekend at Frederick County Hospital, The Frederick News-Post reports.

The 564 new cases reported by the Frederick County Health Department Jan. 12 more than doubled the previous high for cases of 223 set on Dec. 25.

The county health department said the data processing backlog "caused the spike to be artificially high," and that the hospital is back to its normal processing speed for tests, according to the report.

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