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.
Chart of cases + deaths in Chattanooga | Screenshot NYTimes
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.
○ Of the 32,470, there are 2,209confirmed 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 best way to prevent the spread is to wear a mask. | NOOGAtoday
Resources ○ The City of Chattanooga has an FAQ page for all your COVID-19 questions. ○ The Hamilton County Health DepartmentFacebook 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.
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○ On June 23, the Hamilton County Health Department reported the COVID-19-related death of a female Hispanic child in the 0-10 age bracket with no underlying medical conditions. This brings the total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Hamilton County to 29.
○ 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)
○ Tennesseans are among the least likely in the United States to wear face coverings, according to a recent report from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. This news comes as Hamilton County health administrator Becky Barnes said that facial coverings are one of the best measures we have to combat the virus. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Hey, there. Looking for today’s #MustDo events? In accordance with the
CDC’s recommendations regarding public gatherings, we have decided to postpone public event coverage for the time being. We look forward to bringing you Chattanooga’s #MustDo events soon (until then, feel free to submit your virtual events
Y’all know about Moonlight Roller Lounge, yeah? It’s an 18+ roller skating rink + venue bringing disco to Ooltewah, and it’s so close to being a reality.
The warehouse is being painted as you read this, and according to the Instagram post above, there are going to be some pretty rad murals in the space. Be on the lookout for an interview we’re doing with the owner, Adrienne, soon.
Until they open, you can check out their online store and get some of their exclusive skates, the Moon Boot. It’s never too early to start practicing. 🕺
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Civic ○ Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger’s $796.6 million dollar budget passed with a unanimous vote by the county commission on June 24. 64% of the county budget will go toward funding the education system, bringing the school system’s budget to $473 million. (Chattanoogan.com) ○ On June 23, the Chattanooga City Council passed the 2021 fiscal year budget. The budget moved $2 million in programs from the $70 million police budget to the new Office of Community Resilience. City Council member Anthony Byrd was the only member who voted against the budget. (Chattanooga Times Free Press) ○ On June 23, protests continued in Chattanooga in support of Black Lives Matter and in response to the continuing cases of police brutality seen across the U.S. Protests have been ongoing in Chattanooga since the end of May. 📣
Virtual ○ On June 25 (That’s today!) at 6:30 p.m., members of the Chattanooga alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority Inc. will host a live virtual town hall discussion via Facebook to address voter awareness, voter education, and voter registration. The meeting will include panelists representing various segments of the community + will be hosted by Dr. Edna Varner and Mrs. Sharon Alexander. ○ This Friday the Nightfall Summer Music Series will continue virtually with a 20-minute opening set by local Nubreed Band + a 40-minute headline show by Sacred Steel player Roosevelt Collier. You can check out the show via Nightfall’s Facebook page or by searching Nightfall Virtual June 26 on Youtube. 🎵
Drink ○ Chattanooga’s Five Wits Brewing recently partnered with Nashville-based Tennessee Brew Works to create a new collaborative beer, Hazy Trails IPA. Hazy Trails, a tropical + juicy IPA, was brewed to benefit the Tennessee State Parks Conservancy. The limited release beer was tapped at both locations on June 24 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the conservancy. 🍺
Biz ○ This year’s Consumer Goods Accelerator produced by the Co.Lab + Proof — a 10-week program for early stage companies working in the consumer goods sector — will be held virtually this year and cover how to navigate the challenges presented by COVID-19. You can apply now for the program here. ○ On June 17, Toes Yoga will be hosting an open house from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. to give participants a free day of classes, meditation, and snacks. You can find details about the event + the free classes being offered here. 🧘
Noogan ○ Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy recent graduate Zapouria Wadley won Comcast NBCUniversal’s Leaders and Achievers scholarship. Recipients of the scholarship demonstrate academic excellence, commitment to community service, and outstanding qualities in character, integrity, and leadership. Congratulations, Zapouria! (Chattanoogan.com)
ComingSoon ○ The Caverns — a popular underground music venue located in Pelham, TN — is opening a new cave on its grounds on July 4. The new cave will also be available for daily guided tours beginning on July 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can make reservations for a guided cave tour here. ○ Lookout Mountain’s Incline Railway will reopen on June 29 after a six-month hiatus due to scheduled maintenance + the delivery of new incline cars. The new incline cars have larger windows, more headroom + is wheelchair-accessible. Seating in the cars will be limited and face masks will be required to ride on the Incline Railway due to COVID-19 restrictions. You can purchase tickets in advance here. 🚞 (NewsChannel 9)
Ranked ○ WalletHub’s recent 2020 Tax Burden by State Report ranked Tennessee as the state with the third lowest tax burden. According to the report, Tennessee’s total tax burden for 2020 is 6.18% + it was ranked as the state with the fourth lowest property tax as percent of personal income. You can read the full report here.
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