Nashville Hospital capacity- THREAD

All throughout the winter - Metro Nashville Government's Website:, consistently reported single digit % available capacity for ICU beds, and low double digit % capacity for Floor bed. See screenshot from Jan 7th.

Nashville has always only reported % available, and not actual numbers- yet they pull their data from Tennessee's HRTS- the same source that Knox and Shelby use and transparently report from.

@malkusm wrote about this on our site here:…

So since August, we have been tracking these numbers manually since Metro doesnt provide time-series or raw numbers.

We even tried to triangulate the total bed capacity from multiple sources and came pretty close when I build my dashboard:

We presented our data to @StacyCase_ who ran a story on this in September. It was difficult to get straight raw numbers and they still never shared as a result of this.

Fast forward to the end of the year, and over the last couple months, where I pulled data from that is aggregated from federal reporting requirements from hospitals, so now we can finally answer this question.

According to…

Nashville maintained just over 3100 staffed beds throughout the winter.

Their max inpatients was around Dec 11 at around 2250 (single days could have seen higher) which amounted to about 72% of overall capacity.

That's 28% overhead.

On Dec 11th, was reporting just 12%.

For ICU Capacity, Nashville maintained ~596 Staffed ICU beds throughout winter.

Covid peaked at ~170 patients, ~28% of those beds.

Total inpatient peak at highest was 424, leaving ~29% staffed ICU capacity overhead.

@MetroNashville was reporting merely 4-10% availability

Why the discrepancy? Why has there been this constant
"Red" Status of these metrics? According to HHS, we've actually been below these goals of 20% for floor beds and 15% of ICU the Entire time.

Data from the Federal Government directly contradicts the @MetroNashville governments data.

Anyone out there want to dig deeper into this?

I suspect a couple reasonable explanations:

1) They are simply just calculating % available in a very different way.

Perhaps it makes sense the way they do it. We would never know because it's never been explained.

2) There is a simple error in their reporting and they've never caught it.

As of right now, from where I'm standing, the simple way to look at it is that data from the Federal Government directly contradicts the @MetroNashville governments data.

I'm sure this could be cleared up.

Anyone can use this tool I created to look at the capacity over time for any area in the country. Just select dropdowns for state/county.…

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