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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 becomes available.

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Tennessee Mask Requirements, as of Feb. 4, 2020
County Start Date End Date Restart Date (if applicable) End Date (if applicable) Restart Date (if applicable) End Date (if applicable)
Benton 12/23/20 2/10/21        
Carter 7/17/20 2/27/21        
Chester 7/8/20 8/8/20        
Claiborne 11/24/20 2/28/21        
Davidson 7/3/20 TBD        
Dyer 7/20/20 9/28/20 10/22/20 2/27/21    
Fayette 8/4/20 9/30/20        
Grainger 11/20/20 2/27/21        
Greene 7/15/20 2/27/21        
Hamblen 8/4/20 2/27/21        
Hamilton 7/10/20 3/31/21        
Hancock 7/8/20 10/31/20        
Hawkins 7/17/20 9/29/20        
Henry 8/5/20 2/27/21        
Humphreys 7/24/20 9/30/20        
Johnson 7/23/20 9/30/20        
Knox 7/3/20 TBD        
Lake 8/13/20 8/28/20 10/26/20 11/30/20 1/22/21 3/31/21
Lauderdale 7/9/20 9/30/20 11/13/20 12/15/20    
Madison 7/3/20 9/26/20 11/13/20 2/27/21    
Montgomery 7/20/20 9/29/20 10/28/20 2/27/21    
Obion 11/20/20 2/28/21        
Roane 11/23/20 2/27/21        
Robertson 7/8/20 9/30/20 11/7/20 2/28/21    
Rutherford 7/22/20 9/22/20 10/28/20 TBD    
Sevier 7/10/20 2/27/21        
Shelby 7/3/20 TBD        
Sullivan 7/12/20 2/27/21        
Sumner 7/7/20 9/30/20 10/24/20 2/27/21    
Tipton 8/4/20 9/30/20 12/8/20 2/28/21    
Unicoi 7/17/20 2/27/21        
Warren 8/13/20 9/30/20 11/13/20 TBD    
Wayne 11/18/20 12/29/20        
Washington 7/14/20 2/27/21        
Weakley 8/11/20 2/27/21        
Williamson 7/8/20 8/29/20 10/24/20 2/27/21    
Wilson 7/20/20 9/30/20 10/24/20 2/27/21    

Social Distancing, Quarantine and Isolation: Know the Difference

The COVID-19 Health Policy Advisory Panel includes:


Muktar Aliyu, MD, DrPH, MPH

Professor of Health Policy and Associate Director for Research, Vanderbilt University Institute for Global Health


Shari Barkin, MD, MSHS

William K. Warren Foundation Chair in Medicine; Marian Wright Edelman Professor of Pediatrics; Director, Division of General Pediatrics, Monroe Carrel Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt


Melinda Buntin, PhD

Mike Curb Professor of Health Policy and Chair, Department of Health Policy


Ellen Wright Clayton, MD, JD

Craig-Weaver Professor of Pediatrics, Professor of Law, Professor of Health Policy


Kathy Edwards, MD

Sarah H. Sell and Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Pediatrics and Professor of Pediatrics


Marie Griffin, MD, MPH

Professor of Health Policy, Director of the Vanderbilt University Master of Public Health Program


Carlos Grijalva, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Health Policy


Melissa McPheeters, PhD

Research Professor, Health Policy, Co-Director, Center for Improving the Public’s Health through Informatics

Other contributors include:

Adriana Bialostozky, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Kecia Carroll, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Kevin W. Graepel, Ph.D., MD 2020 candidate, Medical Scientist Training Program

John Graves, PhD, Associate Professor of Health Policy

·     Laura Keohane, PhD, Assistant Professor of Health Policy

Keith Meador, MD, ThM, MPH, is Professor of Psychiatry and Health Policy, Co-Director, Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society

Velma Murry, PhD, University Professor, Department of Human and Organizational Development, Department of Health Policy

Neely Williams, M.Div, Community Principle Investigator, Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance