Every day, the Tennessee Department of Health releases figures tracking the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in each county and statewide. In an effort to raise awareness about these figures and understand how our changes in behavior – including business closures, school closures, and sheltering in place for non-essential workers – are impacting infection rates, NashvilleHealth will be sharing daily tracking updates and insights based on Department of Health data.
Here is the latest data as of 3pm on March 25th. Tennessee reported cases continue to grow, with a current total of 784 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 53 hospitalizations, and 3 deaths. Younger Tennesseans continue to have the majority of confirmed infections, with 34% of cases in ages 21 – 30 and 22% of infections in ages 31 – 40. We noticed that some counties are reporting higher confirmed cases than are currently being displayed on the State Department of Health’s website, and in the Governor’s daily press briefing today, Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey confirmed that, “There is a lag in reporting… I would caution you to actually expect some local numbers to be ahead of ours, but please be reassured we will get those in our numbers.” As testing ramps up significantly over the next two weeks, we expect to see a substantial increase in documented cases. Many other Tennesseans probably have the virus but still have not been able to get tested.
Data acquired from the Tennessee Department of Health Website, analyzed by Sajid Khan, SVP at Change Healthcare and a NashvilleHealth board member