Despite the incredible penetration of digital technology, it turns out that some workflows still happen the old-fashioned way. In particular, CBS Austin reports that many testing labs in Texas fax their results to the public health agency, despite there being a mandate for digital reporting. This analog method adds extra time to the test-report cycle since results need to be entered by hand from the paper faxes. The Austin public health officials say there often is a 7-10 day lag between testing and contacting patients who test positive.
As society continues to grapple with the myriad impacts of Covid-19 to daily life, it has served as a magnifying glass onto certain parts of society that have for one reason or another, not kept up with technological innovations. This provides another topic for discussions around the “digital divide” seen in modern society.