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The COVID Tracking Project will stop collecting data on March 7, 2021.

For months, we have been collecting COVID-19 data, scrutinizing publicly available data definitions, and engaging in frequent conversations with jurisdictions to understand the data they share.

During this process, we have focused on three aspects of COVID-19 data reporting: 1) how the state defines and reports key metrics, such as testing data, cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, 2) how the state presents information about COVID-19 in long-term-care facilities, and 3) how the state reports race and ethnicity data.

Our assessment below reflects both the thoroughness of Tennessee’s reporting and the completeness and clarity of their data descriptions. We hope this work will not only help our data users to better grasp the limitations of these numbers but also might help health officials to understand the differences in data reporting across jurisdictions.

We require data definitions to be accessible from a state’s data pages and presented in a location where it is clear they will be maintained. Examples include data definition documents, data FAQs, dashboard footnotes, or definitions appearing daily in press releases.

Last updated March 2, 2021

State-level metrics

Some issues exist:

  • does not have a clear full definition of cases
  • does not regularly provide total tests in terms of unique people tested
  • data for multiple key metrics is hard to discover or access

Race and Ethnicity

Some issues exist:

  • does not report race / ethnicity data for tests and hospitalizations
  • reports race data for 84% of cases and 97% of deaths, and ethnicity data for 72% of cases and 92% of deaths

Long-Term Care

Some issues exist:

  • does not provide information about facilities with open and closed outbreaks, or date of last case
  • does not provide either staff or resident cumulative cases by facility
  • does not provide either staff or resident cumulative deaths by facility
  • does not break out staff cumulative deaths state-wide
  • does not provide either staff or resident cases for the current outbreaks state-wide