Tennessee updates COVID-19 reporting details

Gov. Bill Lee, left, announces a $200 million relief program for businesses affected by the state’s stay-at-home order for non-essential businesses at Arnold’s restaurant in Nashville on June 2, 2020. To his right are House Speaker Cameron Sexton, Senate Speaker Randy McNally, Rep. Pat Marsh, and Rep. Harold Love. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Gov. Bill Lee’s adminstration is updating the way it discloses COVID-19 information. Here’s the full release::

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Health is improving the format for sharing of data on COVID-19 to update how some metrics are calculated and reflect evolving knowledge of the pandemic. The new format will begin September 3, 2020 and reflect a change in how active cases are calculated and a correction in county of residence for some cases. In addition, TDH is adding new resources including data snapshots for each county and a Critical Indicators Report. TDH data on COVID-19 will be posted at 3 p.m. CDT Sept. 3 at www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html as the new format is implemented.

“We’re pleased to be adding new reports to help support rapid public health actions in Tennessee communities,” said Tennessee Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey, MD, MBA, FAAP. “We also want to promote data transparency and help Tennesseans understand the reason case counts for some counties will change as we correct information based on their addresses.”

Reporting Inactive/Recovered Cases

Starting Sept. 3, TDH case count reports will include figures for “Inactive/Recovered” cases and will no longer include data for “Recovered” cases. “Inactive/Recovered” cases will include people who are 14 days or more beyond their illness onset date (or, for asymptomatic cases, their specimen collection date). This will more closely align with what is now understood about the infectious period of COVID-19, as recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show most patients with COVID-19 are no longer infectious after 10 days.

Previously, TDH considered a case recovered after a 21-day period.

Correcting County Locations

TDH is also correcting discrepancies in county location for about 1,700 cases, as the county to which they were originally assigned does not correspond correctly to their street addresses. This can occur in laboratory reports because some lab systems automatically assign county location based on the patient’s ZIP code, which may be incorrect if the ZIP code straddles county lines. These cases will be corrected all at once, which will result in case count changes for some counties. A solution is in place to automate this process in the future.

New Reports and Data Points

Starting Sept. 3, individual County Data Snapshots will provide information on case counts, hospitalizations, testing and more for each county at www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov/data/county-data-snapshot.html. In addition, the new weekly Critical Indicators Report includes information to help stakeholders monitor trends in cases, symptoms, testing capabilities and health care system capacity. Find the Critical Indicators Report online at www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/health/documents/cedep/novel- coronavirus/CriticalIndicatorReport.pdf. TDH is also adding data on current hospitalizations to daily information posted at www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html.

Tennessee’s county health departments continue to offer COVID-19 testing at no charge to anyone who wishes to be tested. Find a map of health department locations and contact information online at www.tn.gov/content/tn/health/cedep/ncov/remote-assessment- sites.html. County health department testing sites will be closed Sept. 7 for Labor Day.

TDH is posting updated COVID-19 case numbers by 2 p.m. CDT each day at www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html. Find additional information at www.tn.gov/governor/covid-19.html and www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

11 Responses to Tennessee updates COVID-19 reporting details

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    James White says:

    Obey the Tennessee constitution, the ‘laws’ allowing governor,mayor,health departments authority to make Well people wear masks and close businesses are Unconstitutional and the Legislature needs to remove the ‘laws’ from the books.

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    Gary says:

    I guess one has the constitutional right to be stupid.

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    Mary says:

    Sorry, but that doesn’t make sense. The reason you need to wear a mask is to protect both yourself and others. You can’t be sure you’re “Well.” You may have the coronavirus and infect someone even if you don’t have symptoms.

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      James White says:

      same could be said of any flu or other disease. Masks offer no protection. viruses are smaller than any mask can protect.
      My issue is the Unconstitutional actions of Executive departments in state and local government ‘making’ laws.
      The constitution only gives the Legislative body law making authority.

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    steve cates says:

    IF the actions are “unconstitutional”, then file a class action lawsuit and settle this once-and-for-all. (Thanks, Mary, for your comment. You are so right. Most of the time, noone knows who is “well ” and who is not. )

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    James White just doesn’t get it! What can you say to people like that? He has the right to be wrong.

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      Perry Aubric says:

      He is a fringe dwelling conspiracy theorist. He claims to promote the Constitution, but consistently demonstrates that he doesn’t really understand it and declares pretty much anything he doesn’t like to be “unconstitutional.” He is amusing, but irrelevant.

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    James White says:

    Section 23. That the citizens have a right, in a peaceable manner, to assemble
    together for their common good, to instruct their representatives, and to apply to those
    invested with the powers of government for redress of grievances, or other proper
    purposes, by address of remonstrance.

    No where in the TN constitution does it give the authority to restrict this right to the governor , legislature or the courts.
    A law by the legislature or an executive order does not override the TN constitution section 23

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    Victor F. Andrews says:

    James White is RIGHT on….way to many of our fellow citizens are SHEOPLE who choose government ‘security’ over personal ‘freedom’. The china virus is just the latest excuse of the powerful to grab more power. When its all said and done the china virus numbers do NOT support the power grab by most state and local leaders, who fear for their political career more than they fear the repercussions of taking rights from a free people. Keep up the good work James White.

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    Laura B. says:

    AND, per Article IX, Section 16. “The declaration of rights hereto prefixed is declared to be a part of the Constitution of the state, and shall never be violated on any pretense whatever. And to guard against transgression of the high powers we have delegated, we declare that everything in the bill of rights contained, is excepted out of the general powers of the government, and shall forever remain inviolate.”

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