Every week, the Times Free Press will publish five essential things to know about the coronavirus pandemic in the Chattanooga region.
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Five things to know about COVID-19 in the Chattanooga region for the week ending Jan 22:
1. COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations on the decline in Hamilton County: Pandemic appears to be slowing after two deadly months
Why it matters: The Chattanooga region has seen a sharp drop in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the past week, signaling reason for hope after two especially deadly months in the pandemic. Local medical experts believe the drop may be tied to people being more cautious over the Christmas holiday after the major post-Thanksgiving spike a week earlier.
Read more about why cases and hospitalizations are dropping in the county.