COVID Hotspots

Salt Lake City, June 25, 2020—Today, Leavitt Partners released “COVID-19 Hotspots,” a white paper that informs policymakers, industry leaders, and other key stakeholders to quickly assess where to deploy resources during the ongoing pandemic, and the accompanying, free tool that provides a daily updated map of where COVID-19 hotspots are forming in the United States. The authors discuss the nuances that come into play in hotspotting and present some data provided by the Torch Insight® COVID-19 Burden Index tool.

Key points include:

  • Addressing metrics used, risk involved, and what thresholds should indicate concern for an area
  • Five categories to monitor and help leaders track the potential development of hotspots
  • Hotspot maps of U.S. states, metropolitan areas, and counties

As the pandemic continues to disproportionately affect individual communities, actively monitoring which regions may become hotspots and proactively addressing them has clear importance. Implications include changes in policies and behavior and preparing for health system capacity, among other measures. “It is imperative that all leaders recognize that as the pandemic inevitably continues, monitoring the situational impacts will be crucial to making informed decisions,” said David Muhlestein, chief strategy and research officer at Leavitt Partners.

The white paper can be viewed here. The free tool is available here.

About Leavitt Partners:

Leavitt Partners is a health care intelligence business. The firm helps clients successfully advance value for health by informing, advising, and convening industry leaders on market and industry influences, value-based care, alternative payment models, federal strategies, public health, digital health, and alliances. Through its family of businesses, the firm provides clients with investment support, data and analytics, member-based alliances, and strategic advisory services, striving to make health more accessible, effective, and sustainable. For more information, visit

About Leavitt Partners Insight:

Leavitt Partners Insight provides Torch Insight®, a SaaS health care data and analytics tool developed and incubated at Leavitt Partners. The Torch Insight® platform is the culmination of years spent splicing siloed data sets together, during which our team invested thousands of hours cleaning and validating data in preparation for analysis, and integration with business intelligence platforms. We excel at blending population health data with quality, financial, and performance metrics from health care payers, providers, and partners. We use blended data to develop analytical models that reveal trends and relationships enabling our clients to make more intelligent decisions. We also offer our raw data and curated insights to clients. For more information, please visit