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Things continue to be quiet at the worldwide HQ, but we got a question through our massive social media network. It involves the fact that what the Montgomery County Health Department reports and what the state shows are different. It’s a good question, and we didn’t mind getting an answer. But we want to stress how grateful we are to the good men and women at the county health department, and all the folks who are on the front lines of the pandemic. None of us have been through anything like this, and we appreciate everything those folks are doing.
Dear MAC,
There seems to be a discrepancy between county health reporting COVID numbers and state numbers for Montgomery County. A representative answered my question to that the lab contacted them so they released the info to the public but there may be a delay in the lab notifying the state.
MAC was hesitant to go to the county health department to ask, because those folks have a lot on their hands. Fortunately, Jim Johnson is working with the media right now and we were able to ask him – and he in turn asked County Health Administrator Amber Reed.
"The Montgomery County Health Department is reporting all of the confirmed reports received by our office prior to our established cutoff time of 10 a.m. We often receive the confirmed notice from the labs quicker than they can make it through the systems that make their way to the state portal. Labs have different ways of sending their information to the state. Some go electronically, some by way of fax requirement some manual entry. So due to many different ways to report, we report based on confirmed case received and immediately start working on the contact tracing."
MAC appreciates Amber and Jim for a quick and helpful answer.
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