UTC, hospital, detention center top list of COVID-19 clusters in Hamilton County

Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / Students walk on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Several of Chattanooga's largest employers, a jail, food processing plants and a long-term care facility are among the top locations identified in a list of recent "COVID-19 clusters" from the Hamilton County Health Department.

By far the largest cluster of cases was at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, with 405 cases. The next largest cluster was at Erlanger's main hospital on East Third Street, with 103 cases, followed by Silverdale Detention Center at 72.

The health department's list was obtained by the Times Free Press through an open records request and reveals the county's largest recent coronavirus clusters, which are defined as two or more confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 that are linked by the same location of exposure - such as a hospital, nursing home or grocery store - or exposure event - such as a party or gathering - that is not a household exposure.