September 24, 2021
- Lindsey Lockewood, Public Information Officer & Population Health Manager, Central Virginia Health District, Virginia Department of Health: Lindsey.Lockewood@VDH.virginia.gov
- Diane Ludwig, Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations, Centra Health: Ludwig@centrahealth.com or (434) 401-7390
Corrections Made to VDH Data Portal Numbers (for Central Virginia Health District)
(LYNCHBURG, VA.) – Starting today, residents of Central Virginia Health District (CVHD) can expect to see amended COVID-19 case numbers reported on the Virginia Department of Health COVID-19 Data in Virginia: Locality dashboard. Corrections to the data will result in a decrease of approximately 700 cases of COVID-19 that were previously attributed to Lynchburg and the surrounding counties.
“The amendments stem from a process change that caused approximately 700 negative tests to be submitted as positive from Centra,” said Dr. Lindsey Lockewood, public information officer and population health manager of CVHD. “When the issue was identified, Centra and CVHD worked collaboratively to resolve the discrepancy.”
The data error will affect cases of COVID-19 reported from September 1 through September 8; data reported after that period will remain unaffected.
“Once the discrepancy was identified, we immediately corrected and validated the numbers,” said Diane Ludwig, Centra vice president and public information officer. “Now, we have enhanced our validation process to ensure the same uploading issue won’t happen again.”
Note that this was a data uploading error. The individuals who were tested were given the correct positive or negative test results.
The Virginia Department of Health’s dashboard can be found by visiting www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/.