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Wisconsin DHS to now auto-import positive COVID-19 test results

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COVID-19 in Wisconsin

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(WAOW)-- The Wisconsin Department of Health Services(DHS) announced Friday that positive COVID-19 test results will now auto-import into the Wisconsin Electronic Disease Surveillance System. 

The DHS says the change is intended to help local and tribal health departments as they deal with a surge of positive tests that're resulting from the Omicron variant. 

"As a result of this new auto-import process, DHS expects COVID-19 data to be temporarily elevated over the next few days while this process occurs and back-logged cases are brought into the live system. This change will help DHS provide the most accurate and up-to-date data moving forward. In the meantime, we encourage you look at seven-day averages, which help to smooth out day-to-day fluctuations in data, as well as data by date of symptom onset or diagnosis to more accurately track disease activity in Wisconsin," The DHS said in a press release. 

Tests results are being communicated as soon and they're available the DHS says, but if you've waited longer than 3 days they say to contact your health care provider who ordered the test or call 211 for assistance. 

The full press release can be read here

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