Hamilton County warns community of COVID-19 exposure at two more high school graduations

Staff photo by Tim Barber /Brainerd High School

The Hamilton County Health Department is warning the community about more possible COVID-19 exposures at two recent area high school graduations.

Someone capable of spreading the coronavirus during their infectious period was in attendance at graduations for the Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences (CSAS) on Friday and Brainerd High School on Saturday, the department said in a news release. In both cases, the individual was an audience member and sat in the stands. They were not students on the field.

The announcement comes just one day after the county issued a warning about potential COVID-19 exposure during weekend graduations for Central High School and Hixson High School.

People who attended the events are encouraged to get tested if they believe they may have been exposed and to monitor their symptoms.

Free testing by the health department is available to the public on Friday at Brainerd High School from 7-11 a.m. Health Department testing sites will closed Saturday and Sunday in observance for the July 4 holiday and will reopen next week at East Lake Academy.

"We remind everyone that if you are experiencing any unusual symptoms at this time, please stay home," Health Department Administrator Becky Barnes said in the release. "Going out for any reason while symptomatic puts others at risk."

For more information from the health department, people can call the COVID-19 hotline at (423) 209-8383. The hotline will be open Friday from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. but will be closed over the holiday weekend.

A list of COVID-19 symptoms can be found at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.