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COVID-19 report for Aug. 14 swells due to state backlog release

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The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) updated their COVID-19 database, resulting in the release of a very large backlog of cases today that showed up on the Collin County dashboard. 

The 1,175 "new" cases reported this afternoon -- almost 10 times the average daily new case count -- do not reflect a recent spike in new cases. County staff does not yet have an accurate picture of how far back the backlog cases go, but are working to sort through reports in an effort to align new case dates accurately over time.

Additionally, County officials have also been informed that the state's reporting system will undergo maintenance tonight, which could cause new case reports to fluctuate substantially over the next few days. There may be days with few or no cases and days with a high number as the state's system upgrade and stabilization process continues.