The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) implemented an upgrade to the state’s electronic laboratory reporting system to help manage ongoing reporting issues and the steadily increasing volume of reports transmitted to the State.
This upgrade will allow the computer system to process results submitted by individual laboratories up to seven times faster than before, providing the state and the public with more timely figures regarding the number of tests. COVID-19 Nevada performs daily and how many tests come back positive.
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Similar to other state systems, the COVID-19 pandemic has put a strain on the system, which was never designed to handle such a volume of tests reported by so many labs.
In 2019, there were a total of 35,821 records of all reportable conditions that entered the Nevada public health system. The system now sees the amount of lab reports in less than a week with COVID-19.
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The launch of the new upgrade began Wednesday morning, allowing the system to process all lab results reported to the state throughout the day on Wednesday and to process results reported to the state this week that have been delayed in the previous version of the system.
As a result, the state is now reporting more than 15,000 tests, with more than 1,200 new positive cases. Importantly, not all tests were completed in one day, but the state system is now able to capture test results reported by individual labs more quickly.
As a reminder, laboratories must process COVID-19 results as quickly as possible, notify patients and notify the state.
Upgrading the system does not increase turnaround time in labs running the tests themselves, but allows for faster transmission of results.