July 1, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to make its way through the community it’s more important than ever that we work together as a community to keep ourselves and our neighbors safe and healthy. 

There are many ways to do this: 

  • Stay home if you can, especially if you are in a high risk category.
  • Wear a mask if you must be in public.
  • Maintain six feet of distance between you and other people.
  • Wash your hands and disinfect surfaces regularly.
  • Do not gather in large groups.

Wearing a mask is vitally important and it shouldn’t be seen as partisan or a political statement. A new study from the University of Washington shows that wearing a mask, whether cloth or medical grade, can help reduce the risk of respiratory illness like COVID-19 by more than one-third. 

We need to normalize mask wearing as a measure to help prevent the spread, so send us your mask selfie via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or email mayor@chattanooga.gov and use the hashtag #MaskUpCHA

If you believe you’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19 there are plenty of free testing options available. We update a calendar weekly with the latest testing sites, which can be found at cha.city/covidtesting. You can also call the Hamilton County Health Department to learn more about testing at (423) 209-8383.

We’re seeing our Latinx community be adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Latinos make up 5 percent of the County’s population and as of June 30, they make up 58 percent of Hamilton County’s confirmed cases. 

In an effort to spread the word about protecting this vulnerable community, we’ve launched a COVID-19 Latinx Ad Contest and we want to see your creative ads! Deadline for submissions is Friday, July 24. For more information and contest rules, visit cha.city/covidadcontest.

The City of Chattanooga’s Department of Economic and Community Development is helping those who had their incomes or employment directly impacted by COVID-19 with their rent. To learn more about the City’s COVID-19 Rental Assistance program, visit https://connect.chattanooga.gov/covid/covidresources/covid19rentalassistance/

Twice a week, Mayor Berke provides the updates and answers your questions regarding COVID-19 on his Facebook Live. To submit a question email mayor@chattanooga.gov and include ‘FACEBOOK QUESTION’ in the subject line. Tune in every Monday and Thursday at 5:30 p.m. to hear more from the Mayor.


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