Every week, the Times Free Press will publish five essential things to know about the coronavirus pandemic in the Chattanooga region. For more updated case count numbers and other data related to Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama, visit timesfreepress.com/virus/.
Five things to know about COVID-19 in the Chattanooga region for the week ending August 7:
1. Concerns about school reopening: Teachers in Hamilton County and school districts in North Georgia remain worried about safety just days before the school year is scheduled to begin.
Why it matters: This week, four teachers told the Walker County School Board they were concerned about student safety with returning to in-person classes. Some teachers in the area have said the current plan is "unacceptable" and puts children, as well as their families, at unnecessary risk for the virus.