DHEC, Augusta University Health play blame game on delayed reporting of COVID-19 test results | News

South Carolina’s leading health agency and an Augusta-area hospital have released seemingly contradictory statements on how a miscommunication occurred that resulted in the delayed reporting of 15,000 South Carolina coronavirus test results.

Around 2,000 of those test results were positive for COVID-19 and the overwhelming majority are located in Aiken County, according to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control. The agency said Tuesday they were previously unaware of the cases which were tested by Augusta University Health, a medical facility that serves patients on both sides of the Savannah River.

“Augusta University Health has been reporting notifiable diseases in an electronic fashion to DHEC for several years,” reads a statement from AU Health. “On Sept. 14, DHEC notified AU Health in writing that the health system’s COVID-19 data had not been received. The delay, caused by a change in the DHEC reporting procedure, was immediately corrected.”

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DHEC releases latest coronavirus information for Sept. 23

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced 613 new confirmed cases and 53 new probable cases of COVID-19 Wednesday.Officials also announced 25 additional confirmed deaths and one new probable death.This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 138,171, probable cases to 3,515, confirmed deaths to 3,085, and 177 probable deaths.Confirmed and probable cases: please click here.Confirmed and probable deaths: please click here.Who Should Get Tested? If you are out and about in the community, around others, or not able to socially distance or wear a mask, we recommend that you get tested at least once a month. Routine testing allows public health workers to diagnose those who are asymptomatic and interrupt the ongoing spread of the virus. Learn more about who should get tested here.640 Testing Opportunities Available StatewideTesting for COVID-19 is essential because it helps identify people who are infected with the virus, whether … Read More