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 Oct. 2:
1. State and county lift coronavirus restrictions on businesses and large gatherings: Gov. Bill Lee also extended Tennessee's state of emergency this week.
Why it matters: The governor's order, which went into effect Wednesday, lifted bans on large gatherings and businesses in 89 of Tennessee's 95 counties. The six largest counties in the state, including Hamilton County, can decide their own policy. Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger announced that his county would follow the state's lead, saying Hamilton County was moving in the right direction.