June is deadliest month for COVID-19 in Hamilton County

Some indicators show signs of hope as month ends

Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / Mayor Jim Coppinger answers questions during a press conference announcing a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Hamilton County at the McDaniel Building on Friday, March 13, 2020 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

June was the deadliest month in the COVID-19 pandemic in Hamilton County since the virus was first reported in the area nearly four months ago.

Deaths in the county nearly doubled, from 15 to 30, during the month, including one suspected death from March that was reported in June. Of these deaths, 10 were male and seven were Hispanic. On June 23, the Hamilton County Health Department announced the second COVID-19 death of a local child - a one-year-old Hispanic girl. The total number of infections more than doubled in June, from 1,132 to 2,525, as well.

Chattanooga received national attention for being an emerging death hotspot when the region appeared as #2 on The New York Times' list of "places that could flare up next" on June 22. The area, including Cleveland, had appeared on the list previously as places with increasing cases.