We are using Jira bug tracking system and have a custom status workflow configuration. After a Jira ticket is sent to "In Testing" status and assigned to a tester and if this tester confirms a bug is fixed or feature is implemented as requested, this ticket goes into this special "In Automation" status and is kept being assigned to the same tester. "In Automation" status is something we use as an indication that we are planning to write an end-to-end or integration test for it (if we think it's worth it and makes sense).
From release to release the amount of tickets sent to automation became bigger than the amount of tickets we automated and resolved. This led to a rather large backlog of tickets in this "In Automation" status (we have them about 330 now). Clearly, we have a problem.
What do you think we should do at this point? And, overall, how do you keep track of what issues have automated tests covering it and what not?