Advisory Memos on the COVID-19 Response
The Department of Health Policy in March 2020 convened a group of experts to offer guidance and curated reviews of current research and data related to the COVID-19 pandemic. These materials are intended for use by public health professionals and officials, and may be shared with attribution.
The following materials are expected to be updated as new research and data become available.
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COVID-19 Hospitalizations and Vaccinations in regions of Tennessee. New report as of Aug. 19, 2021.
Aug. 26 Update
Here is a look at hospitalizations statewide and in regions of the state, as well as an updated heat map of new COVID-19 vaccinations by age and region, per 100,000 population.
Aug. 19 Update
While vaccinations are increasing, so too are hospitalizations. In fact, they're increasing at the fastest rate the state has seen since the start of the pandemic. There is also a similar increase in ICU bed use and ventilator use.
New cases are also increasing compared week-over-week by age. What is seen here is steep increases in cases among younger Tennesseans, most of whom are not vaccinated at all or not fully vaccinated.
When viewed cumulatively over time since the start of the pandemic, you see in the bottom panel an inverse relationship between age and cumulative infections: the highest rates of documented COVID-19 cases (per 100,000 population) are concentrated among younger age groups that are less likely to be vaccinated.
Hospitalizations, Vaccination and Hospital Resource Usage (Aug. 19, 2021)
Masking Requirements and Deaths in Tennessee from COVID-19 (Nov. 10)
Masking Requirements, Hospitalizations and Economic Mobility (Oct. 27)
Masking Requirements and Hospitalizations (Aug. 10)
The Spread Beyond Large Metro Areas (Aug. 3)
Statewide Hospitalizations and Mobility (July 9)
Statewide Hospitalizations After Safer-At-Home Expires (June 16)
Tennessee's Transmission Number and Mobility (May 29)
Case Growth and Hospitalizations (May 13)
Maximizing Time Economy Is "Open" (April 24)
Tennessee's Transmission Number: Comparison by Region and Geography (April 16)
Tennessee's Transmission Number and Projected Hospitalizations (April 10)
Posted Sept. 18
Winter is Coming: Prepare Your Household for COVID-19 and the Flu
Posted July 29
Events, Large Groups Increase Risk During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Posted May 20
Addressing the COVID-19 Health Equity Chasm
Posted May 5
COVID-19 Herd Immunity & How It Would Play Out In Tennessee
Posted April 17
COVID-19 Vaccine: Answers to Questions on the Pandemic’s Leading Issue
Posted April 3
Modeling and Forecasting to Inform COVID-19 Response
Appendix 1: A Comparison of Models
Appendix 2: A Comparison of Transmission
Published April 1 by JAMA Health Forum
Expanding Ventilator Capacity—The Need for State and Regional Planning
Posted March 27
Key Public Health Strategies for Responding to COVID-19
Posted March 26
Primary Clinical Considerations in COVID-19 Response
Posted March 23
ICU Resource Allocation for COVID-19 Patients Who Require Critical Care
Posted March 21
Data and Decisions: A Framework to Guide Community Response