Florida COVID-19 reporting stalled after receiving 400,000 test results in 1 day: 3 details

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The Florida health department delayed reporting COVID-19 cases and deaths on Oct. 10 after receiving thousands of previously unreported tests.

Three things to know:

1. Helix Laboratory sent results from previously unreported COVID-19 tests to the state Oct. 9 and a technical error resulted in repeated replication of the data. The state received 400,000 test results and was unable to update its daily coronavirus dashboard on Oct. 10 as a result.

2. The state said it needed to remove duplicates in the large file, which delayed its automatic data processing and reporting system.

3. The state's epidemiologists spent an extra day reconciling the data, which was added to dashboard updates Oct. 11.

Editor's note: This article was updated on Oct. 13 to reflect additional information from Helix Laboratory. 

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