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.”