Coronavirus: The latest local updates, cancellations, resources, + more

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There are more chances to get tested for COVID-19. I Image via the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Major Local Announcements

○ The city launched a memorial for people who have died of COVID-19. The city joined hundreds of others nationwide in releasing a memorial video, in which Mayor Andy Berke remembers some lost this year before introducing a tribute from local artists + faith leaders. The COVID-19 Memorial Project website will allow community members to publicly share information about their loved ones who died from COVID-19. The Mayor’s office is encouraging people to visit this site to submit photos, stories, and words of inspiration about their lost loved ones as a way of honoring their memories.

○ After recently adding days to its COVID-19 vaccine appointment system, the Hamilton County Health department announced that first dose appointments are already full + only a few second dose appointments remain. Second doses will be administered at the Carta Bus Barn (1617 Wilcox Blvd.) on Feb. 1, 2, + 4. You can register to be vaccinated here.

○ Hamilton County will receive its next shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine sometime next week in time for residents scheduled to receive their second shot to get the dose. The health department said that they plan to announce details about the process for people getting their second doses soon. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

Due to the current phase tracker based on local COVID-19 data, all Hamilton County schools will continue remote learning from Jan. 19 through Jan. 22schools will be closed on Jan. 18 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. School-age child care will continue to operate a limited amount of school sites, which you can find here. 💻

○ Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger extended the mask mandate through March 31. 

○  The Hamilton County Health Department is working to open a second vaccine site at Enterprise South Nature Park (190 Still Hollow Loop) toward the end of January. The second vaccine location aims to alleviate the longer lines and hour-long waits. The health department also said that they are working on setting up an online reservation system for the vaccines. (NewsChannel 9)

Another COVID-19 variant that is believed to be as much as 70% more contagious than the typical strain is now believed to be in Hamilton County, according to scientists at Baylor School. The new variant has already been confirmed in Colorado, Florida, Texas, and Georgia, and was first found several weeks ago in the U.K. (NewsChannel 9)

The Hamilton County Health Department will continue to vaccinate using the state’s phased allocation plan, however, an additional alphabet system will be used to limit the traffic at the Riverpark site. On Tues., Jan. 5 (today), those in groups 1a1, 1a2, or 75+ with a last name beginning with A-K will be admitted. Last names beginning with L-Z in the same groups will be admitted on Wed., Jan. 6. The hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

December was the deadliest month for COVID-19 in Hamilton County, with at least 115 COVID-19 related deaths in the county last month + 365 deaths in the 21-county region surrounding Chattanooga. These numbers more than double the previous county records of 44 deaths in Hamilton County and 189 in the region that were recorded in November. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

Cempa Community Care is offering several free mobile COVID-19 testing opportunities throughout the month of January. Mobile testing sites will take place from 12-3 p.m. on Jan. 6 at The Bethlehem Center (200 W 38th St.), Jan. 13 at New City East Lake Church (2903 E 37th St.), and Jan. 20 at City Church (7122 Lee Hwy.).

As minority communities across the country remain hesitant about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine due to a racist history of using Black and Brown communities as guinea pigs, local Black community leaders are working to combat COVID-19 vaccine distrust. One leader – Executive director of local health clinic Purpose Point Clinic Katherlyn Geter, who is also a County Commissioner – said that Purpose Point will be launching a vaccination education series in the new year. (NewsChannel 9)

The Tennessee Department of Health updated the state’s vaccination plan for those who will first receive the COVID-19 vaccine. According to the new vaccination plan, after those who are currently receiving the vaccine like first responders + inpatient healthcare workers – all other healthcare workers and those in the funeral and mortuary business will be vaccinated, followed by school and childcare staff, adults at high-risk, and those in critical infrastructure. You can view the full plan here. (NewsChannel 9)

○ It is estimated that Tennessee will receive 360,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine each month. Tennessee Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey estimates that 70-80% of the population need to get the vaccine in order to flatten the curve, meaning it could take over a year for Tennesseans to achieve herd immunity. These are only estimates as many variables are at play. (NewsChannel 9)

While Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee encouraged, but did not mandate, face masks in his statement over the weekend, the Tennessee Medical Association released a statement saying that they believe all Tennessee counties should be under mask requirement orders. 😷

The City of Chattanooga launched a new campaign called Get Ready: It’s up to you. It’s up to us as a way to prepare the community for the COVID-19 vaccine. The campaign shares safety precautions, resources for the public, and includes a personal commitment to get the COVID-19 vaccine. You can also share your commitment via social media with the campaign’s social media graphics

Due to an increased demand for testing, The Hamilton County Health Department’s Alstom Plant testing site has a new entrance and traffic flow pattern beginning Dec. 9 (that’s today). The new testing site entrance is directly across the street from the Southeast Tennessee Development Project + will have signs marking the entrance and route. Testing hours are still from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. after they were changed last week for weather reasons.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee’s most recent executive order allows medically trained National Guard members to fill various roles at state hospitals that are overstretched on staffing while dealing with an increase in COVID-19 patients. Tennessee National Guard members are able to fill nursing roles, drive ambulances, and perform COVID-19 testing thanks to the executive order signed on Friday. (WRCB)

Blood Assurance Chattanooga is asking that any individuals in the area who have recovered from COVID-19 or tested positive for antibodies donate convalescent plasma, which is now being used regularly for investigational treatment by hospitals. You can schedule an appointment to donate locally here

In accordance with the latest CDC guidance, the Hamilton County Health Department announced that it will allow for a reduced quarantine period for people who have been in contact with a COVID-19 infected person from 14 days to 10 or seven days. The CDC now allows for quarantine to end after day 10 without testing and if no symptoms occur, and for quarantine to end after day seven with a negative test taken on day five or after with no symptoms occurring.

The Hamilton County Health Department announced that county residents who test positive for COVID-19 are now responsible for contact tracing on their own. These changes, which require COVID-19 positive people to reach out to anyone who they have recently been in contact with including employers and close contacts, is due to an increased number of positive cases, an increase in testing, test result delays, and a strain on computer reporting systems. (NewsChannel 9)

The White House Coronavirus Task Force reported that “the depth of viral spread” is significant in Tennessee without measures like a public health order. Without an order to compel Tennesseans to behave differently “the spread will remain unyielding with significant impact on the healthcare system.” (NewsChannel 9)

Cempa Community Care is extending its free weekday COVID-19 testing in partnership with Alleo Health System at 4411 Oakwood Dr. from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cempa Community Care is also reintroducing its popup COVID-19 testing sites, with dates, times, and locations updated here. Regular COVID-19 testing at La Paz Chattanooga will no longer take place as testing continues at Alleo Health and begins again at popup sites.

The Hamilton County Health Department’s Alstom Plant COVID-19 testing center will have new testing hours starting today, Dec. 2. The center will now provide COVID-19 testing from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. to accommodate staff and patients during the colder weather. 😷

We aren’t the first to say that this pandemic isn’t getting any easier. Covid fatigue is hitting hard, but this article from Dr. Paul Hendricks from the Hamilton County Health Department helps to put things in perspective — Dr. Hendricks writes about the multiple vaccines in development, specifically two that are being reported as 95% effective + appear to be “very safe.” (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

Mayor Andy Berke signed an executive order calling for many city buildings to remain closed until further notice. The buildings include City Hall, the City Hall Annex, and the City offices within the Development Resource Center, libraries, and YFD Centers as well as restrictions to the Bessie Smith Cultural Center, Tivoli, and Memorial Auditorium. (NewsChannel 9)

The Hamilton County Health Department released guidance to help protect workers + prevent COVID-19 transmission in the workplace, where a major source of transmission in our community has originated based on investigations. The guidance includes not eating lunch too closely together, avoiding holiday office parties, wearing masks around coworkers, staying home if sick, and social distancing. Read more about suppressing workplace transmission here. 😷

The White House is pushing for Tennessee restaurant limitations due to COVID-19 rates doubling in the state. The limitations called for include limiting indoor restaurant capacity to less than 25% and limiting bar hours until new positive case rates drop. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke recently called for a statewide mask mandate. This comes as Hamilton County has seen 1,400 new COVID-19 cases and seven new COVID-19-related deaths in the last week. Hamilton County’s current mask mandate is set to expire on Jan. 15. (NewsChannel 9)

As flu season continues, many people may wonder how to distinguish between COVID-19 and the seasonal flu. A test is the only way to be sure, but doctors also offered some differences to note. For example, with the seasonal flu, most people feel worse the first week. With COVID-19, patients likely feel worse as more time goes on. COVID-19 is also more likely to cause loss of taste and smell. (NewsChannel 9)

CEO of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society Rae Bond is encouraging Chattanoogans to continue wearing masks, washing hands, and social distancing despite COVID-19 fatigue. Chief medical officer for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Dr. Andrea Willis added that the upcoming flu season can bring additional challenges as it collides with the pandemic, so these practices will be especially important. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

Health experts are encouraging Chattanoogans to get a flu vaccination, as the threat of a “twindemic” looms. As patients are protected from the flu, professionals are better able to distinguish between influenza and COVID-19. Dr. Anderson added that many of the symptoms of COVID-19 are found in influenza, so being vaccinated limits health risks. (WRCB)

The World Health Organization is saying that children aged six to eleven should wear face masks in some cases to help fight the spread of COVID-19 as schools are starting back nationwide. The WHO said that decisions regarding children wearing a mask should consider factors like whether transmission is widespread in the area, the child’s ability to safely use a mask, and adult supervision when taking the masks on or off. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

Health experts, including CHI Memorial Infectious Disease Physician Dr. Mark Anderson, are warning citizens about superspreading events, where a single person can infect a large number of people with COVID-19 in one setting. A superspreader can transmit the virus to between 10 and 20 people, and potentially more, at one gathering. Dr. Anderson and other experts believe superspreading events drive most COVID-19 spread, and precautions like masking + social distancing will work to get the virus under control. (NewsChannel 9)

Tennessee’s Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III says mask mandates are legally defensible. Slatery equates mask mandates to seat belt laws + helmet requirements for motorcyclists. Read more about Slatery’s views on mask mandates here. (WRCB)

Are you wondering what, exactly, is contact tracing? Check out this “Ask a Doctor” article from the Chattanooga Times Free Press about what contact tracing is and the steps that are involved within the contact tracing process. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

Researchers at Brigham Young University released a report showing that cloth masks do, in fact, help combat the spread of coronavirus. After reviewing over 100 different scientific studies on the virus assembled by various independent groups worldwide, the report found that cloth masks undoubtedly reduce virus spread by blocking 90% of the wearer’s respiratory droplets. 😷 (NewsChannel 9)

Ways to Stay Updated

Hamilton County Schools has created a COVID-19 reporting dashboard on their website in order to be transparent with students and family members. The dashboard will include the number of active confirmed COVID-19 cases and exposures impacting people in the school district + the percentage of positive cases for employees by month. The dashboard will soon have similar data for students as well.

Check out this article from the Times Free Press to get a glimpse of what it’s like for Chattanooga nurses to treat COVID-19 patients. The article shares what a day looks like for these nurses, misconceptions about the virus, and how the hospitals have learned to care for COVID-19 patients. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

You can stay updated on Hamilton County’s COVID-19 positive, negative, and total number of tests via the county health department’s website. The site also includes the total number of coronavirus-related deaths in the county + demographic details about those who have been tested.

Unacast, a human mobility data company, recently created a Social Distancing Scoreboard that is updated daily to measure + understand the efficacy of social distancing initiatives in each county and state. The data is measured by each county’s percent change in average distance traveled, percent change in non-essential visitation, and decrease in human encounters. Find Hamilton County’s Social Distancing Scoreboard here.

UTC’s interdisciplinary geospatial technology lab has created a regional Covid-19 dashboard that identifies the number of confirmed cases, deaths, and hospital beds across the greater Chattanooga region. You can stay updated on all of this information via the dashboard found here.

How to Stay Safe + Do Your Part

The Hamilton County Health Department released guidance to help protect workers + prevent COVID-19 transmission in the workplace, where a major source of transmission in our community has originated based on investigations. The guidance includes not eating lunch too closely together, avoiding holiday office parties, wearing masks around coworkers, staying home if sick, and social distancing. Read more about suppressing workplace transmission here. 😷

As flu season starts, many people may wonder how to distinguish between COVID-19 and the seasonal flu. A test is the only way to be sure, but doctors also offered some differences to note. For example, with the seasonal flu, most people feel worse the first week. With COVID-19, patients likely feel worse as more time goes on. COVID-19 is also more likely to cause loss of taste and smell. (NewsChannel 9)

If you are looking to get tested for COVID-19, you can click here to find a list of Hamilton County Health Department-affiliated free testing sites, most of which occur at the Alstom Plant at 1125 Riverfront Parkway. You can also click here to find other testing sites and events happening each week in Hamilton County.

Hamilton County schools’ athletic officials want to remind fans that they must wear masks at the games for the safety of others and in order for the schools to continue participating in athletics. In order to attend a game, fans must also have their temperature taken upon entering and stay six feet apart from others. (NewsChannel 9)

Back-to-school is more stressful than usual this year for many families. These 8 practices can help keep your child – and your family – safe and healthy

If you’re wondering what makes hand sanitizer effective + what you should be looking for when purchasing, check out this article. (Reminder: the Chattanooga Times Free Press has made all of its Coronavirus coverage free, you just have to make an account first). (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

Doctors are telling people to get their flu shots this year so we can avoid a twindemic,” which is when two outbreaks, like COVID-19 and influenza, happen at the same time. (NewsChannel 9)

Check out this article for more information about the difference between quarantine and isolation, which one you may need to consider if you’ve been near someone with COVID-19, and how long you should spend isolating or quarantining depending on the situation. Keep in mind while reading that because this virus is new, guidelines on these topics could change. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

The Hamilton County Health Department reminded those who are getting tested for COVID-19 to provide a current and working telephone number so that you can receive results. If you have tested positive for the virus, the health department will conduct contact tracing in order to determine who has been exposed to you + inform them that they have been in contact with a COVID-19 patient. 

Wearing a face mask may be uncomfortable at first, but it’s possible to make it comfortable. The CDC recommends masks made of breathable material like woven cotton sheets or T-shirt fabric in light shades that won’t absorb the sun’s heat. Another recommendation is bringing extra masks if planning on being out in public for an extended period of time. For more advice, click here. (NewsChannel 9)

The CDC recently released information about how to use hand sanitizer effectively when you don’t have access to soap + water to wash your hands. The CDC recommends using hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol and rubbing it between your hands for at least 30 seconds until all of the gel is dry. (NewsChannel 9

If somebody in your family recently tested positive for COVID-19, this article written by health officer for the Hamilton County Health Department Dr. Paul Hendricks provides information on how to safely care for them at home. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

○ If your face mask is fogging up your glasses, there’s a quick fix for that. You just need to wash them with soapy water, according to a report from Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. That’s some news you can use, right there. (WRCB

The CDC is advising caregivers of those who have been infected with COVID-19 not to shake clothing, towels, or linens, in addition to wearing disposable gloves while washing items that have been in contact with someone who is infected.  make sure items are completely dry after washing them, disinfect clothes hampers + wash their hands. (NewsChannel 9)

How to Help

Local restaurant Charlie’s BBQ is urging the Chattanooga community to support the Federal 2020 Restaurants Act, which would provide financial assistance to locally-owned restaurants during COVID-19 to help prevent small businesses from closing their doors. Charlie’s BBQ owners Wes Agee and Elizabeth St. Claire said that their expenses have increased 38% since the pandemic began. (NewsChannel9)

If you had COVID-19 and have fully recovered, you could help patients who are currently fighting the infection by donating your plasma. Bodies that have fought the infection now have COVID-19 antibodies in their plasma, which provides a way for immune systems to fight the virus. Learn more here

Double Cola Co. is raising money for the Chattanooga Area Food Bank, which anticipates an additional monthly cost of $100,000 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Locally based Double Cola will do a dollar-for-dollar match of up to $10,000 in funds raised for the local nonprofit. That gift is the equivalent of 80,000 meals. To help Double Cola reach its goal, visit the fundraising page here

○ Erlanger Health System has received an outpouring of offers to donate supplies, equipment + time – which is greatly appreciated – so they’ve created this form to those who wish to donate. Read more on Erlanger’s COVID-19 response. 

Due to COVID-19, McKamey Animal Center has been forced to cancel fundraisers that account for over 40% of their budget. If you’re looking to help during this time of need, McKamey asks that you consider donating to the center so that they can continue to provide services to families facing crises and animals in need of shelter and care.

Schedule Changes + Updates

Fall contact sports at nearby Lee University are postponed. All universities in the Gulf South Conference, including Lee, will postpone basketball, football, soccer and volleyball until at least Jan. 1. (NewsChannel 9)

Tennessee and Georgia have both recently received official guidelines for the return to offseason workouts for all sanctioned sports. TSSAA is allowing individual counties to implement their own start dates, and Hamilton County coaches have been told that they can have workouts on June 1. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

As the CDC released guidelines about reopening schools in the fall, Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Bryan Johnson said he has his own task force working on plans, too. Expertise from the CDC and medical professionals will guide local decisions, he also said. The CDC recommendations include social distancing policies, serving lunch in classrooms and staggering arrival times. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

UT System President Randy Boyd and UT-system chancellors have made the decision to return to in-person classes for the fall 2020 semester. For students returning to campus, social distancing and enhanced safety measures will be implemented at UT schools. (NewsChannel 9)

College and professional sporting events (CBS Sports)

Hamilton County School District 

City of Chattanooga

Community Resources

The Hamilton County Health Department’s Alstom Plant COVID-19 testing center will have new testing hours starting today, Dec. 2. The center will now provide COVID-19 testing from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. to accommodate staff and patients during the colder weather. 😷

With the COVID-19 vaccine now beginning distribution, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has released new guidance (you can find it under section K) regarding questions employers may have about requiring that workers get the vaccine. The new guidance answers questions like “Is asking or requiring an employee to show proof of receipt of a COVID-19 vaccination a disability-related inquiry?” and more.

Local pulmonary specialist Dr. Mike Czarnecki recently launched a new clinic that focuses specifically on treating and researching COVID-19 cases with longer side effects or symptoms. The COVID-19 clinics take place every Friday at Dr. Czarnecki’s office. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

The Regeneron antibody treatment that President Donald Trump has been given after testing positive for COVID-19 is now being offered in Chattanooga as part of an investigative clinical trial at ClinSearch. The anti-viral antibody treatment is being studied for its potential in treating COVID-19. If you are interested in learning more about enrolling in a study, click here. (NewsChannel 9)

Cempa Community Care is partnering with La Paz Chattanooga + Alleo Health System to offer permanent COVID-19 testing locations through the end of November. The partners will offer testing at the La Paz office (1402 Bailey Ave.) and the Alleo Health System office (4411 Oakwood Dr.). You can find more information about the new free testing locations here.

FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor recently approved Tennessee for a FEMA grant under the Lost Wages Assistance program. The grant will allow Tennessee to provide $300 per weekin addition to unemployment benefits — to those who are unemployed due to COVID-19. (NewsChannel 9)

If your family or business is in need of face masks, you can call the COVID-19 hotline at (423) 209-8383 to schedule an appointment to pick up large quantities of masks. Individuals can also pick up masks from the bins located outside of the Health Department’s 3rd Street entrances.

The Hamilton County Health Department is changing the hours of the COVID-19 hotline. The new hours will be Mon.–Fri., 8 a.m.4 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and closed on Sunday.  

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced a new relief program for Tennessee businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. About $200 million in federal Coronavirus Relief Funds will be directed to small businesses that qualify. You can view details about the Tennessee Business Relief program here.

○ The Hamilton County Health Department created a series of informational videos that can be shared with people who have tested positive for COVID-19, their families, and close contacts. You can access the videos on the health department’s Spanish Youtube channel + English Youtube channel.

For updated information on COVID-19 testing sites and events in Hamilton County that are affiliated with the Health Department, click here. The list will be updated daily as needed with free testing sites and pop-up testing events.

As members of the community continue to work + learn from home, EPB is working to ensure households have power + connectivity. See EPB’s COVID-19 updates and resources

Local healthcare analytics company Base Camp Health has launched a digital application that allows businesses and organizations to manage and monitor the return of employees, students, and volunteers as the community begins to reopen. The app, called Ascend, streamlines individual assessments, communication workflows, contact tracing + population reporting to allow organizations to make decisions on safe operations each day. 

○ The Innovation District of Chattanooga has created two tools to help small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic — an interactive database of resources and a daily newsletter — both designed to help Chattanooga businesses navigate the information and assistance available to them. The database, found at ChaBusiness.com, guides each user through the process of finding the most relevant information for their specific needs. It may also be beneficial for artists, freelancers, nonprofits and others. 

The Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program recently created a free, confidential guide to help attorneys who may be facing extra stress or pressure due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. The guide includes resources for mental health, recovery + professional needs. (Chattanoogan.com)

Families in need of assistance due to loss of a job amidst COVID-19 may be eligible to apply for up to $1000 a month for two months through Emergency Cash Assistance. Families are eligible if they were employed as of March 11 and have lost a job or at least 50% of their earned income due to COVID-19, have a child under 18 or a pregnant woman, have a valid social security number, do not have resources exceeding $2000, and have a gross monthly income that does not exceed 85% of the state’s median income. (NewsChannel 9)

Tennessee Action for Hospitality, a coalition that formed in response to the crisis the hospitality industry is facing, recently partnered with The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee to create A Fund for Us. A Fund For Us will provide relief to those who have lost their jobs or seen a dramatic decrease in hours worked. Restaurants can register here to make their employees eligible.

Spanish COVID-19 resource page

The Health Department has created English and Spanish COVID-19 print resources that you can download and hang in your workplace or otherwise distribute. They are free to use by anyone. You can find them here

○ Yelp Chattanooga has created collections of restaurants offering to-go + delivery, where to buy gift cards online and grocery stores offering delivery.

○ SCORE is offering small business resources here.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press has opened access to their coronavirus content to everyone, not just subscribers.

The Chattanooga Area Food Bank can supply four meals with every dollar that is donated to them. You can contribute by donating to their Venmo @ChattanoogaArea-FoodBank or clicking here.

The Chattanooga Chamber has a pool of resources on their site, including local health updates, restaurants offering take-out + delivery, online shopping + gift cards, tools for working remotely, and a small business hotline.

Elliott Davis put together helpful resources pertaining to business continuity, tax updates, and other related issues.

Health Care Resources

Parkridge Health System is offering financial assistance resources for tri-state residents unemployed or furloughed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Anyone in southeast Tennessee, northwest Georgia, and northeast Alabama can call (833) 867-8771 for guidance from experts that will help callers find the best assistance option for their specific health needs.

CHI Memorial, Erlanger Health System, and Parkridge Health System revised visitation policies created at the beginning of the pandemic to help reduce the spread of the virus and keep our patients and staff safe. CHI Memorial and Parkridge Health System have relaxed their visitation policies to allow one visitor, with some exceptions. Officials with Erlanger continue to re-evaluate its current visitation policies and are not planning to make any changes at this time. Visitation policies for each health system can be found online — CHI Memorial, Erlanger Health System + Parkridge Health system.

○ Erlanger’s Health System’s response to coronavirus COVID-19

○ CHI Memorial’s response to coronavirus COVID-19

CDC Resources

World Health Organization Resources

Community Conversations

Chattanooga Tourism Co. (formerly Chattanooga Visitors Bureau) launched a new campaign to keep us all virtually connected #ConnectChatt. Check out the details + join the conversation here.

You can join the Chattanooga COVID-19 Community Assistance Facebook group here.

Pass It Down has partnered with the Chattanooga Public Library to gather your COVID-19  stories. These community stories will be used in an interactive exhibit, which you can explore here. Click here to share your story.