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By Seth Carpenter, Staff Writer-
The Hamilton County Health Department released a warning to attendees of the Charles H. Coolidge funeral services on April 15 and 16 that a potential COVID-19 exposure may have occurred.
Health Department Administrator Becky Barnes stated, “We have two cases that were in their infectious period during the time of services.”
The Health Department recommended that any workers or guests who attended the following service locations should monitor themselves for symptoms.
- Visitation at Heritage Funeral Home, East Brainerd Chapel, 7454 East Brainerd Rd.
- Service at First Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga, 554 McCallie Ave
- Burial at the National Cemetery, 1200 Bailey Ave
- Reception at National Medal of Honor Heritage Center, 2 West Aquarium Way.
Symptoms can include fever, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, a headache, a cough, a recent change or loss of taste and/or smell, fatigue, and others recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to the CDC website, these symptoms can appear anywhere from two to 14 days after exposure.
The Health Department also listed a number of free testing sites in Hamilton County. People can also call the Health Department’s general Covid-19 hotline at 423-209-8383, which is open Fridays through Mondays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Additionally, UTC students and employees can schedule an appointment to get tested through University Health Services on campus.
Barnes recognized the especially unfortunate circumstances of this exposure as well.
“Our deepest condolences go to the friends and family members for their loss, and we regret further intrusion into your grief,” Barnes said. “We encourage anyone who attended these services to monitor themselves for symptoms and get tested as soon as symptoms develop.”
According to Barnes, there have been no additional cases reported to the Health Department.