Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke and Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger announced the formation of the COVID-19 Joint Task Force to help coordinate the City and County’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

This Task Force will be led by Rae Young Bond, CEO at Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society, who will bring together medical and health professionals, leading physicians. This group will provide weekly important updates and offer recommendations that will inform, coordinate, and strengthen the City and County’s response efforts to COVID-19. In the midst of an unprecedented pandemic like this one, it’s never been more important that we listen to experts.

Please note that this task force is not a statutorily-created body and has only advisory -- not policy-making -- responsibilities; no members of the same legislative body will be permitted to attend at the same time to ensure that we remain in compliance with local and state open meeting regulations. Each meeting will be immediately followed by a media availability that will be conducted by Ms. Bond and members of the Mayor Berke’s senior staff. Notes from each meeting will also be shared publicly.

The Tennessee Medical Reserve Corps (TNMRC) is seeking workers (medical and non-medical) for statewide assistance who have been furloughed and are seeking employment. If and when an alternate care site for COVID-19 patients is needed in Chattanooga, local medical leadership will staff the site with personnel from these applications. Please visit the State of Tennessee Volunteer Mobilizer to apply.


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Task Force Members