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Areas Without Mask Requirements Have Larger Increase in COVID-19 Hospitalizations; Consumer Spending Still Depressed

All areas of Tennessee have seen a resurgence in hospitalized COVID-19 patients since early October, but hospitals that draw patients from counties without masking requirements are experiencing much sharper increases, according to a new analysis from researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. READ MORE

COVID Update 10/26

What a difference a week makes ... and not in a good way. READ MORE

Statement of support for mask wearing from Wendy Long, M.D., president and CEO of the Tennessee Hospital Association:

"We are once again at a crossroads and we need our fellow Tennesseans to help ensure we head down the better path. READ MORE

Meharry Medical College CEO James Hildreth Discusses Health Disparities and Pandemic Response in Nashville Health Care Council's HEALTH CARE BRASS TACKS Series Event

On October 20, the Nashville Health Care Council hosted a member discussion with Dr. James Hildreth, president and CEO of Meharry Medical College, the nation's largest private, independent, historically black academic health sciences center. READ MORE

COVID Update 10/19

It's been five days since we last shared numbers, and things are getting dicey across the country. Having not gotten the spread under control while the weather was warm, infectious disease experts across the nation are sounding the alarm on the potential spikes and increased hospitalizations and deaths heading into the winter months. READ MORE

COVID Update 10/14

COVID-19 activity is picking up across the state, including in Davidson County. While today saw an increase of 128 cases, reports of new cases on both Monday and Tuesday topped 200 over a 24-hour period. Additionally, Nashville has returned to the red on transmission rate, seen an increase in hospitalizations, and a decrease in ICU bed capacity. READ MORE

COVID-19 Long-Acting Antibodies Discovered by Vanderbilt University Medical Center Move to Phase 3 Clinical Trials

AstraZeneca is advancing into phase 3 clinical trials with an investigational COVID-19 therapy of two long-acting antibodies discovered by Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and optimized by AstraZeneca. READ MORE

Update 10/6

After nearly two weeks of new case numbers right at or under 100 per day, Nashville saw a jump in new cases over the last 24 hours. READ MORE

COVID Update 10/5

Nashville is now in Phase 3 of the Roadmap for Reopening. Many businesses can now operate at 50% capacity, but there are maximums for a number of sectors like restaurants, bars and transportainment. READ MORE

AMA: Modify Proposed Medicare Fee Schedule To Reflect Pandemic Challenges

CHICAGO -- Submitting detailed comments today on the proposed Medicare fee schedule for 2021, the American Medical Association (AMA) warned that some proposed regulations would hurt many physician practices already besieged by the pandemic. READ MORE

Update 10/1

Welcome to Phase 3. Nashville is loosening some restrictions (although the mask mandate stays in place) as the city's numbers continue to decrease and the majority of metrics remain in the green. READ MORE

Meharry Conducting Free COVID Testing on Saturdays at Local Churches

Meharry Medical College will again be conducting FREE COVID-19 TESTING for community members on Saturdays throughout October beginning this Saturday, Oct. 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. READ MORE

Update 9/28

As of 9:30 today, the city reported 28,846 confirmed cases, an increase of 431 since Friday (and 193 over the last 24 hours). READ MORE

Update 9/25

As the weekend approaches, Nashville prepares to move into a new phase of reopening come Oct. 1. READ MORE

Aegis Sciences Corporation CEO Frank Basile Discusses COVID-19 Strategies in Nashville Health Care Council's HEALTH CARE BRASS TACKS Series Event

On September 17, the Nashville Health Care Council hosted a member discussion with Dr. Frank Basile, CEO, Aegis Sciences Corporation. READ MORE

Update 9/22

On a day when the United States hits the grim milestone of 200,000 lives lost to COVID-19, Tennessee nears 200,000 confirmed cases and surpassed 2,000 deaths several days ago. READ MORE

Study Finds COVID-19 Antibodies Drop Substantially in the Weeks Following Infection

The antibody levels to SAR-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, substantially drop in the weeks following infection, according to a study led by Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). READ MORE

Update 9/15

As of 9:30 today, the city reported 27,492 confirmed cases, an increase of 192 over the last 24 hours. READ MORE

Urgent Team now offering Rapid Antigen testing for COVID-19

Urgent Team Walk-in Urgent Care is expanding its COVID-19 testing capabilities to include Rapid Antigen testing. READ MORE

Update 9/11

It's too soon to know if Labor Day will have an impact on COVID-19 cases in Tennessee, yet. READ MORE

Google Supports COVID-19 Genetic Study by VUMC, UNC-Chapel Hill

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill have been awarded $500,000 by Google's philanthropy,, to study how COVID-19 alters gene expression in some people in ways that may be linked to their risk of severe illness and death. READ MORE

Update 9/8

It's too soon to know if Labor Day will have an impact on COVID-19 cases in Tennessee, yet. However, we do know the city and state have seen upticks following Memorial Day and July 4th festivities. READ MORE

Stability in COVID-19 hospitalizations reflects continued progress in some areas, recent increases in others

Since late July, Tennessee has seen stable or declining numbers of hospitalized COVID-19 patients, but there are some early signs this trend is reversing in some regions of the state. READ MORE

Vanderbilt Launches Clinical Trial of Outpatient Treatments for COVID-19

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) is now enrolling volunteers for a clinical trial of promising treatments for COVID-19 in the outpatient setting. READ MORE

Update 9/3

The Tennessee Department of Health has made some changes to the way they are reporting 'recovered/inactive' cases and have also reassigned some case numbers to different counties where a case was reported in one county, but the resident actually resides in another county. READ MORE


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. READ MORE

PathGroup Selected by NIH to Become RADx Program "Mega-Lab" for COVID-19 Testing

PathGroup, one of the largest private providers of pathology, clinical and molecular laboratory services in the United States, today announced the award of a funding grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx SM) program. READ MORE

Update 9/2

New Nashville cases top 100 for the first time in days. Available ICU beds also have dropped, remaining in the yellow but teetering on red. On the plus side, active cases in Nashville are under 1,400. READ MORE

Update 8/31

Nashville moves to a less restrictive phase of reopening beginning tomorrow. Bars will be allowed to add a little more capacity, transportainment operations can restart, event/wedding/funeral venues can reopen at one-third capacity but capped at 125 people, and restaurants can resume bar and counter service. READ MORE

Update 8/28
After several days with new case numbers under 100, Nashville has again risen above the century mark the last two days. However, new confirmed cases continue to be significantly lower than during the city's earlier peak. READ MORE

Update 8/26

While Nashville has seen several straight days with new cases under 100, the state's numbers jumped back up today. After the state logged only 813 new cases yesterday, that figure more than doubled today. READ MORE

Update 8/25

Nashville and state numbers have begun to decline in terms of new cases. See details below. READ MORE

Metro Nashville

As of 9:30 today, the city reported 24,963 confirmed cases, an increase of 123 over the last 24 hours. There are currently 2,560 active cases in Nashville, 22,178 individuals who have recovered and 162 active hospitalizations (up 37 since yesterday). With 225 deaths, the city has a case fatality rate of 0.9%. READ MORE

Urgent Care Industry Prepares for "Worst" COVID-19, Influenza Season Yet

A COVID-19 surge, along with the upcoming flu season, could create the "worst fall" in history, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield. READ MORE

WMC to Resume Inpatient Elective Surgeries Next Week

While case numbers may continue to fluctuate, Williamson Medical Center (WMC) has tracked with the state and county in seeing a stabilized pattern in the number of reported active COVID-19 cases and related hospitalizations over the past two weeks. In response to this data trend, WMC is scheduled to resume inpatient elective surgeries requiring an overnight hospital stay on Monday, August 24. READ MORE

Nashville Business Leaders Launch ReCOVer-Health, a Concierge COVID Management Solution for Businesses

Nashville business leaders today announced the launch of ReCOVer-Health, a new enterprise that offers access to a comprehensive and customizable suite of services to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 for businesses in industries at an increased risk of transmitting the virus. READ MORE

Update 8/18

As of 9:30 today, the city reported 24,514 confirmed cases, an increase of 126 over the last 24 hours. There are currently 2,742 active cases in Nashville, 21,551 individuals who have recovered and 119 active hospitalizations (down 2 since yesterday). With 221 deaths (up 6 in 24 hours), the city has a case fatality rate of 0.9%. READ MORE

EvidenceCare and The American College of Emergency Physicians Launch COVID-19 Severity Classification for Emergency Physicians

EvidenceCare, a leading provider of advanced clinical decision support technology, along with the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) announced the release of a clinical pathway to assist emergency departments (ED) deliver better care to patients with the novel SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID-19). READ MORE

Update 8/17

After seeing steadying rates of community spread, Nashville prepares for bars to reopen today with limited capacity and new rules. Bars and limited service restaurants may reopen with social distancing up to a max of 25 patrons. All restaurants and bars must close at 10:30 pm, according to Mayor Cooper's modified phase 2 plan that goes into effect on Monday, Aug. 17. Live entertainment is permitted but dance floors must reman closed. READ MORE

Bank of America Provides 80,000 Face Masks to Underserved Communities in Nashville

In communities across the country, Bank of America has been working with local partners to provide resources to vulnerable and underserved communities hardest hit by the coronavirus. READ MORE

Complete Health Partners opens new curbside care location, expanding capacity for COVID-19 testing

Complete Health Partners, located in the Nashville West shopping center, has relocated its curbside care to a neighboring parking lot, adding more physical space and more online appointment slots to expand COVID-19 testing capacity. READ MORE

Amerigroup Gives $125,000 to Tennessee Nonprofits to Support COVID-19 Response

Amerigroup and its Foundation announced today they are giving $125,000 to nonprofit organizations in Tennessee to support ongoing efforts related to COVID-19, as part of Amerigroup's continuing efforts to improve lives and communities. READ MORE

Update 8/12
As of 9:30 today, the city reported 23,434 confirmed cases, an increase of 129 over the last 24 hours. There are currently 2,840 active cases in Nashville, 20,384 individuals who have recovered and 166 active hospitalizations (down 4 since yesterday). With 210 deaths (an addition of 2 since yesterday), the city has a case fatality rate of 0.89%. READ MORE

Update 8/11

Nashville's tourism scene and response to COVID-19 was featured in Rolling Stone magazine yesterday ... and not in a good way ... in an article titled, "Welcome to Nashville Where We're Just Realizing There's a Pandemic." READ MORE

New analysis finds association between masking requirements and slower growth in COVID-19 hospitalizations

In a new analysis, researchers from the Department of Health Policy at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Vanderbilt University Medical Center have found a relationship between the growth of hospitalizations and masking requirements put in place across the state. READ MORE

Update 8/10

Governor Bill Lee called for a special session of the Tennessee State Legislature to begin today. Lawmakers return to Nashville to discuss COVID-19 liability protections, telehealth services and laws governing State Capitol grounds. READ MORE

Dr. Hildreth Calls on Gov. Lee to Issue Statewide Mask Mandate

As I write this letter, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tennessee has risen 11 percent in the last two weeks. Recently, every county in our state had a transmission rate deemed "unacceptable." READ MORE

Update 8/7
After zero citations had been handed out for noncompliance with the local mask mandate, the police finally issued their first citation - and no, it wasn't to partygoers flaunting the rules at Fashion House or to downtown crowds on Broadway. READ MORE

Update 8/6

Following a period of education and warnings, mask citations are now being written for those who fail to comply with the mandate in Nashville. READ MORE

Clinical Research Associates Enrolling Nashvillians in COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trials

Clinical Research Associates, a Nashville-based clinical research firm, is enrolling nearly 4,000 volunteers to study potential vaccines for COVID-19. READ MORE

Pandemic Leads to Compassion Fatigue, Burnout for Healthcare Workers

As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its sixth month, the nation's healthcare professionals, of which nurses comprise the largest group with more than 3.8 million registered nurses nationwide, have been hard at work around the clock caring for the more than 4.3 million individuals in the United States who have tested positive for the virus. As the pandemic nears its sixth month, these providers face physical and mental burnout. READ MORE

Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Chief Health System Officer Dr. Wright Pinson Discusses COVID-19 Impact in Nashville Health Care Council's HEALTH CARE BRASS TACKS Series

The Nashville Healthcare Council recently featured Vanderbilt University Medical Center Deputy CEO and Chief Health System Officer Dr. Wright Pinson in the latest installment of "Health Care Brass Tacks." READ MORE

UTHSC College of Pharmacy and AdhereHealth Partner to Help Underserved Communities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Pharmacy has partnered with AdhereHealth, a leading medication adherence technology company, to help keep underserved communities healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

Update 8/4

Nashville's case numbers continue to stabilize as musicians and bartenders call for a move to Phase 3 so that they can get back to work. READ MORE

COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are increasing in areas outside of Tennessee's largest metro areas, appear stable in Nashville, Memphis

The COVID-19 pandemic is playing out in very different ways across the country and state by state. This is also true in Tennessee, according to a new analysis by faculty researchers at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. READ MORE

Update 8/3

Nashville numbers slowed down slightly over the weekend ... but will they last? A large part in East Nashville was thrown over the weekend with social distancing and masks hard to find ... and citations for those ignoring the public health order even harder to find. Ditto downtown. READ MORE

Envision Healthcare Prepares to Deploy More Than 300 Clinicians to Florida as Part of National COVID-19 Response

Envision Healthcare, a leading national medical group, today announced that it is working with the State of Florida, Division of Emergency Management, to send additional clinicians to Florida to provide lifesaving care and support patients impacted by COVID-19. READ MORE

Update 7/31

Nashville reported 21,060 confirmed cases of COVID-19 today, an increase of 132 cases in the last 24 hours. There are currently 4,488 active cases in Nashville, 16,380 individuals who have recovered and 186 active hospitalizations. With 192 deaths, the city has a case fatality rate of 0.91%. READ MORE

Update 7/30

Following Dr. Deborah Birx recent visit to Tennessee and plea for the state to take more aggressive actions, the U.S. House of Representatives Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis has called upon Governor Bill Lee and state officials to provide information on recommendations received from the White House and details on the steps taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Tennessee, as well as future plans to address the growing crisis. READ MORE

Update 7/29

The state passes a couple of grim COVID-19 milestones today with more than 1,000 Tennesseans dead and more than 100,000 having been infected with the novel coronavirus since data collection began. READ MORE

Update 7/28

By now, we know Dr. Deborah Birx included Nashville on a phone call of 11 cities that needed to deploy 'aggressive' action to flatten the coronavirus curve in the midst of growing cases of COVID-19. READ MORE

Update 7/24

Today, Nashville reported 19,124 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 294 cases in the last 24 hours. There are currently 5,541 active cases in Nashville, 13,409 individuals who have recovered and 206 active hospitalizations (the same as yesterday). With 174 deaths (up 5 since yesterday, the city has a case fatality rate of 0.9%. READ MORE

Update 7/23

Yesterday, we learned from the Center for Public Integrity that White House Coronavirus Task Force Member Deborah Birx, MD, held a call with the leadership of 11 major cities ... Nashville being one ... calling for "aggressive" steps to be taken i the wake of increasing positivity rates on COVID-19 testing. In addition to Nashville, other cities identified were Baltimore, Cleveland, Columbus, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Miami, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Pittsburgh and St. Louis. READ MORE

Red Cross needs local volunteers due to COVID-19 as the country heads into hurricane and wildfire season

Experts say we are in for a busy wildfire and hurricane season this summer and the American Red Cross needs volunteers to help in our community. READ MORE

New CCC19 Data Offer Insights on COVID Treatments for People with Cancer

Newly released data on treatment outcomes of people with cancer diagnosed with COVID-19 reveal a racial disparity in access to Remdesivir, an antiviral drug that has been shown to shorten hospital stays, and increased mortality associated with dexamethasone, a steroid that has had the opposite effect in the general patient population. READ MORE

Addiction Labs Offers COVID-19 Testing to the Community and On-site at Middle Tennessee Businesses and Organizations

Addiction Labs, a premium toxicology lab, is working to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Middle Tennessee by offering community testing with turnaround times between 24 hours and the end of the next day. READ MORE

Update 7/22

Yesterday, Mayor Cooper announced a new executive order that will require restaurants and businesses serving alcohol to close down at 10 pm. READ MORE


NASHVILLE, Tenn. - El Departamento de Salud de Tennessee y el Grupo de Comando Unificado están proporcionando materiales y recursos adicionales en español sobre COVID-19 para residentes de Tennessee a través de una nueva página web. READ MORE

COVID-19 Spanish Language Resource Webpage Now Available

The Tennessee Department of Health and Unified Command Group are providing additional COVID-19 materials and resources for Spanish-speaking Tennesseans through a new webpage. READ MORE

Cooper and Community Leaders Announce Distribution of CARES Act Funds for TN-05

NASHVILLE - At a press conference this morning, Rep. Jim Cooper announced how CARES Act funds were allocated in Davidson, Dickson, and Cheatham Counties. The $2.5 trillion CARES Act is the largest relief bill in U.S. history. It was signed into law in March but there has been little transparency on how funds were distributed within congressional districts despite congressional efforts to monitor the funds. READ MORE

Update 7/20

Despite having a mask mandate, Nashville made national news over the weekend as crowds gathered downtown with few masks in sight. READ MORE

The American Heart Association responds to alarming drop in 9-1-1 calls fueled by COVID-19 fears

NASHVILLE, July 17, 2020 -- As COVID-19 cases continue to increase and strain emergency departments nationwide, a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) suggests ER visits in April were down 42 percent compared to the same period last year. READ MORE

AHA, AMA & ANA Send Letter To Congress Urging More Support For Racial And Ethnic Minorities In Next COVID-19 Relief Bill READ MORE

Williamson Medical Center Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statement

As the Tennessee Department of Health reported a record number of hospitalizations this week, WMC also hit a new peak in hospitalized COVID-19 patients, doubling the highest number of admitted patients since the onset of the pandemic in March. While this changes at any given moment, at present WMC is currently treating 21 hospitalized COVID-19 patients ranging from 40 to 90 years of age, with and without underlying health conditions. READ MORE

Vanderbilt Department of Health Policy Releases New COVID-19 Data

Yesterday, Vanderbilt Department of Health Policy released two new graphic representations of the growing COVID-19 caseload by age and by hospitalizations in Tennessee. READ MORE

Update 7/17

As the work week draws to an end, Nashville sees another day of high COVID-19 numbers. Metro police had to issue fewer warnings for non-mask compliance yesterday than on Wednesday. They are also supplying the homeless population with masks. READ MORE

Update 7/16

In his morning press conference, Mayor John Cooper called on state and national leaders to create a more unified approach to the pandemic, rather than the current patchwork of rules and regulations that vary from city to city and state to state. He also noted the effectiveness of wearing masks, noting New York saw a 3% decrease in daily infections once a mask mandate went into effect. READ MORE

Antibody Research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center Shows Promise in Fight Against COVID-19

Based on positive results in preclinical studies reported today, potently neutralizing antibodies identified by researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) are showing promise as a potential therapy for preventing and treating COVID-19. READ MORE

Update 7/15

Starting at 9 am this morning, Metro is now writing citations for those refusing to follow the mask mandate. There are exceptions for children and those with medical exemptions, but individuals who simply fail to comply with wearing masks in public could be fined $50 for the civil citation. READ MORE

Vanderbilt University Medical Center to Recruit Up to 1,000 Volunteers for COVID-19 Vaccine Trial

In late July, Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) will begin recruiting up to 1,000 volunteers in a late-stage study of an experimental COVID-19 vaccine developed by Moderna Inc. in collaboration with the Vaccine Research Center of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of the National Institutes of Health. READ MORE

VUMC Studies Provide Key Positive Results for COVID-19 Vaccine in Early-Stage Clinical Trial

An experimental coronavirus vaccine stimulated robust immune responses against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and raised no serious safety concerns in an early-stage clinical trial. READ MORE

Update 7/14

Nashville soars past the 15,000 mark of confirmed cases today (details below). READ MORE

Update 7/13

More new cases locally and statewide with an expectation of more to come as 4th of July festivities come home to roost over the next week or so. READ MORE

New Study Supports Remdesivir as COVID-19 Treatment

The news about remdesivir, the investigational anti-viral drug that has shown early promise in the fight against COVID-19, keeps getting better. READ MORE

Update 7/10

Metro Nashville returned to a modified version of Phase 2 of the reopening plan on Friday, July 3 as cases began to spike in the county. READ MORE

Chairman Alexander Statement on Democratic Staff Report on COVID-19 Testing

July 9 -- Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the Democratic staff report on COVID-19 diagnostic testing READ MORE

Update 7/9

Nashville remains in a modified Stage 2 of the reopening plan. At this morning's press conference, Nashville Mayor John Cooper announced a grim new record with 688 new cases confirmed since yesterday. Like other cities, he said cases are on the rise. "As I have said before, a coordinated effort is the best effort," stated Cooper. READ MORE

Update 7/8

Nashville remains in a modified Stage 2 of the reopening plan. The numbers below show a large one-day increase. However, it was noted that 140 of the results date back several weeks. MPHD is now working with a new lab and expects to eliminate or significantly reduce delays. READ MORE

New VUMC Study Examines Coronavirus Transmission Within Households

Vanderbilt University Medical Center investigators are leading a new study that examines the transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, within households in Nashville. READ MORE

Update 7/7
Nashville remains in a modified Stage 2 of the reopening plan. Governor Bill Lee signed an executive order to allow individual cities/counties to implement mask mandates as they see fit. In the Metro area, Sumner County ordered a mask mandate on Monday. READ MORE

Update 7/2
Another day ... another 600 cases in Nashville. The mayor has announced a return to Phase 2 of the reopening plan in light of the large case numbers that have been reported (and rising) over the past week. READ MORE

Update 7/1

Going into the holiday weekend, confirmed coronavirus cases continue to rise at an increasingly rapid pace. In Nashville, the transmission rate and 14-day new case trend, which were already in the yellow, remain there. Hospital ICU bed capacity slipped into the yellow for the first time. READ MORE

Chairman Alexander: "Stakes are Too High" for Pro-Trump, Anti-Trump Mask Debate to Continue

WASHINGTON, June 30, 2020 -- Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said "the stakes are too high," for the political debate around wearing masks to continue. READ MORE

Nashville Mandates Masks in Public

With COVID-19 cases spiking in Nashville and across the state, the Metro Board of Health voted to mandate face masks beginning at 5 pm on Sunday, June 28th. The unanimous vote came during an emergency meeting late Friday afternoon. READ MORE

Update 6/26

Nashville officially moved into Phase 3 of the reopening plan this past Monday, with an expectation the city will remain in this phase for four weeks. During the week, the number hospital capacity for floor beds slipped from green to yellow. READ MORE


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