Mornin’, Nooga. 👋 Trista here, and I have some bleak news — June is the deadliest month for COVID-19 in Hamilton County. The health department just announced the 29th death, and this time it was a Hispanic girl under the age of 10 with no underlying health conditions.
It’s so easy to think life is “back to normal,” but according to health officials, we are not out of the woods yet. In fact, NOOGAtoday editors + interns are returning to a work-from-home setup as cases continue to rise.
○ In Hamilton County, there have been 32,470 COVID-19 tests.
○ Of the 32,470, there are 2,209 confirmed positive cases.
○ There are 30,261 negative* cases.
○ Of the positive cases, 970 have recovered.
○ There are 29 reported deaths.
*These numbers may include negative results outside of Hamilton County, and there is also a delay in reporting negative results.
Precautions you can take
○ Understand how it spreads. COVID-19 spreads between people who are in close contact (think 6 ft or two arm’s length), when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks — respiratory droplets can be inhaled by or land in the mouths + noses of anyone nearby.
○ Wear a mask properly. A cloth face covering or medical mask should be over the mouth AND nose. When wearing a mask, you shouldn’t pull it down to talk, sneeze, or cough.
○ Stay home and only leave the house for essentials or to exercise outdoors. When you leave the house, it’s highly recommended to wear a mask.
○ Wash your hands often + use hand sanitizer when you can’t wash your hands.
○ Clean + disinfect surfaces you + others touch frequently, like desks, door handles, and phones.
○ Know the symptoms — fever/chills, coughing, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, fatigue, sore throat, and others. The NOOGAtoday team checks our temperatures often.
○ The City of Chattanooga has an FAQ page for all your COVID-19 questions.
○ The Hamilton County Health Department Facebook is updated frequently.
○ The CDC has a lot of information, from what to do if you test positive, ways to stay safe, and how to handle stress + coping.
○ Our local resource guide is here.
○ The Chattanooga Times Free Press has taken down their paywall for COVID-19 related content. You will have to create a free account.
○ The Chattanooga Chamber has a list of personal protective equipment (PPE) resources.