The Hamilton County mask mandate is also set to expire on Nov. 22, so we’re expecting an update from the health department + Mayor Jim Coppinger on that soon.
Local numbers not up-to-date • Chattanooga COVID-19 cases have been up, but the health department has had technical difficulties starting Sunday, so the current positivity rate can’t be calculated. • The incomplete data shows that there are more cases than last week’s record-breaking numbers. • On Tuesday, there were 210 new infections; 112 hospitalizations + 35 people in intensive care. Click here for Wednesday’s numbers from the state health department. • The local health department did report another death on Wednesday. A Black female between the ages of 11 and 20 died.
Hamilton County schools The recent rise of community cases has put the district Phase Tracker in the transition area between Phase 3 and Phase 2.
The new post-Thanksgiving schedule is: • Students in grades 9-12 will transition to an A/B hybrid learning schedule beginning Monday, Nov. 30, and remain in that schedule through Dec. 17. • K-8 students will remain on campus five days a week when they return on Monday, Nov. 30 through Dec. 4. • The district will re-evaluate the schedule for students in grades K-8 after Thanksgiving break to ensure officials are in step with local health data
Blood drives School blood drives have been cancelled, so the local donation center is extending hours Thurs., Nov. 19., in hopes of getting more people in the door.👇
🩸 Thanks for Giving Blood Drive | Blood Assurance, 705 E. 4th St. | Until 10 p.m. | There will be a $50-Butterball coupon given away every hour with a grand prize from The Bread Basket picked at noon + COVID-19 safety precautions are being taken.
Thanksgiving CDC officials said that small household gatherings have contributed to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases nationwide. Likewise, the local health department said that recent, new cases were being spread within households.
Quoteworthy “Some people with COVID-19 show no or mild symptoms and think they can go on about their normal routines, but this is contributing to the spike in cases. Anyone testing positive, whether they have symptoms or not, needs to isolate from both the community and within the home.” – Becky Barnes, Hamilton County Health Department Administrator
Spread facts, not coronavirus.👇
Weather ○ 61º | Sunny | 0% chance of rain ☀️
Biz ○ There’s a new Dunkin’ franchise — its first drive-thru-only store in the region — at 3334 Broad St., which is next to WDEF’s news station. 🍩 (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Civic ○Due to the increase in Hamilton County’s COVID-19 cases, CARTA will continue to operate on reduced levels of service until next year. Beginning on Nov. 22, the downtown shuttle will operate from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The Northshore shuttle will operate from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Masks will also be required on all CARTA buses beginning Nov. 22, and will be available on buses. 🚍
Cause ○Through the end of November, Make a Mark Chattanooga 2020 T-shirts and stickers are on sale to benefit the arts + culture workshop at the Westside YFD Center, which has been closed due to COVID-19. Proceeds from the fundraiser will provide the opportunity to purchase art kits for students to have at home while the workshop has been paused. You can buy a shirt or donate here. ○Chattanooga based e-commerce company Shelly Cove announced a fundraising effort aimed to support families in need during Thanksgiving. With the purchase of a Feed the Community T-shirt from their website, Shelly Cove will donate 100% of the proceeds, which translates to 100 cans of food, to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank. To purchase a shirt and help those in need during the holiday season, click here.
TryThis ○Through Jan. 17, locals + tourists can enjoy Chattanooga’s Holiday Trail of Lights at various local spots, like Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights, the Tennessee Aquarium’s holidays under the peaks, and EPB’s holiday windows. You can download the official holiday trail of lights guide + view the new interactive holiday lights maphere. ✨
Health ○The Hamilton County Health Department will offer free flu vaccinations today (Nov. 19) from 12 – 5 p.m. Anyone 18 years and older, regardless of whether or not they are Hamilton County residents, are eligible for the vaccine. It is required that all vehicle occupants wear a mask, even if they are not receiving the shot. The Alstom Plant testing center will host the clinic while supplies last. 😷
Coronavirus ○Due to the flu vaccination clinic occurring on Nov. 19, COVID-19 testing hours at the Alstom Plant will be reduced to 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. today. The Alstom COVID-19 testing site will also be closed on Thanksgiving day + the Friday after Thanksgiving. Testing will resume on Sat., Nov. 28. ○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)
WaterCooler ○The UTC Mocs experienced a 90% graduation rate among athletes for the first time. The graduation success rate rose three points in the most recent observation, which marked the eighth year in a row of positive growth. UTC Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Mark Wharton said that the No. 1 goal is to provide student athletes the support they need to complete their degree. 👏
DYK ○EPB has created a list of tips to cut energy costs with cold weather approaching. Despite COVID-19, energy check ups can be hosted virtually by EPB to ensure your home and wallet are ready for the winter. For more tips and information on how to request a free energy check up, click here.(WRCB)
Watch ○ Watch a pulsed xenon UV disinfection robot in action as it combats pathogens(think: COVID-19, the flu and MRSA) at an almost 100% kill rate. Warning: This video contains strobing lights which may affect photosensitive viewers. Ⓟ
Travel ○ Scaling down the Thanksgiving celebrations this year? Consider packing up and getting away for a stress-free roadtrip to Greenville, SC. Explore things to do around town + great hotel rates. 🧳Ⓟ
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TryThis ○ Walker Farm Pioneer Days 2020 | Thurs., Nov. 19 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | Audubon Acres, 900 North Sanctuary Rd. | $7.50, email to make reservation | Travel back in time to the 1800s during this living history event. Reservations + masks are required during this year’s event. ⌛
Show ○ 3D Comedy Open Mic | Thurs., Nov. 19 | 8 p.m. | JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. MLK Blvd. | $5 | 10 comedians will perform at this outdoor, open mic event. Each ticket purchased includes a voucher for one free drink. 🤣
PlanAhead ○ Night Market | Fri., Nov. 20 | 6-9 p.m. | Chattanooga Brewing Co., 1804 Chestnut St. | Free entry | Night Market will feature vintage + handmade goods, food, and more from over 20 local vendors. 🛍️ ○ Beastly Feast | Fri., Nov. 20 | 6-8 p.m. | The Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N Holtzclaw Ave. | $6-$16 | Learn about and watch the natural eating habits of the zoo’s carnivores while you drink + eat alongside them. ○ TVFCU Community Movie Night | Sat., Nov. 21 | 6:30 p.m. | Northwest Georgia Amphitheatre, 220 Catoosa Circle | Free | This outdoors, socially-distanced family movie night will show the holiday movie “Home Alone.” Only the first 250 vehicles will be allowed in. 🎥
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
Beauty lovers, meet this holiday bundle from Thrive Causemetics. It has pretty much everything you need to look your best for the holidays: • award-winning brow gel • waterproof eyeliner • free tube of their best-selling mascara
The kit is an idealgift for your favorite beauty-lover (or a treat for yourself) – and it’s now available for just $46 (usually $70). Ⓟ
Back in April, Tennessee’s Dolly Parton donated $1 million to Nashville’s Vanderbilt University’s Medical Center to help fight COVID-19. Now we know that her donation helped Moderna, one of two drug companies at the forefront of vaccine development, fund a vaccine trial + clinical research.
Thank you to the scientists and other professionals who are making this vaccine a reality and to our beloved Dolly for her donation, care, and the hope she brings.
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