Several commercial laboratories have submitted backlogs of test results to DSHS this week. As adding the backlogged test results to the electronic reporting system, some counties received notification of COVID positive results that were previously diagnosed but not reported to the local health department when completing the test. Thus, the statewide confirmed case counts and some county case counts will include some older cases over the next few days. DSHS works daily with laboratories to facilitate reporting to ensure local jurisdictions receive timely laboratory reports. Officials notified the patients at the time of diagnosis through a separate process.
A backlog of 862 confirmed cases was included in the statewide total but excluded from statewide and Dallas county new confirmed cases (224).
A backlog of 43 confirmed cases was included in the statewide total but excluded from statewide and Nueces county new confirmed cases (40).