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State won't report COVID-19 data on Sundays due to reduced lab staffing & testing

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Posted at 9:05 AM, Sep 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-01 09:05:21-04

(WXYZ) — Michigan will no longer report updated data on COVID-19 cases, deaths and testing on Sundays, the state's Department of Health and Human Services announced.

Beginning this Sunday, that data will only be reported Monday-Saturday, as the state said weekend data can be erratic and generally lower than other days due to reduced testing and lab staffing.

“At this time, reporting on Sunday rather than Monday is not critical to our understanding of the virus,” said MDHHS Director Robert Gordon. “This change will allow staff who have not had a real day off since February to get some relief and allow the department to prioritize more valuable data reporting, including school outbreak information.”

Sunday and Monday data will both be reported on Monday,s including Labor Day, the state said. It will not affect the onset date information for COVID-19 cases.

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