The Hamilton County Health Department and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga are warning of potential COVID-19 exposures at Douglas Heights Apartments at 930 Douglas Street in Chattanooga, according to a health department news release.
Case investigations revealed that people were in the facility during their infectious periods beginning Monday, Aug. 17 through today, the release stated.
The department recommends that anyone who lived in or visited this apartment complex on these dates get tested and monitor their symptoms. Douglas Heights is not a property of UTC, but some students live in the complex.
The UTC COVID-19 Campus Support Team asks UTC students with potential exposure to complete the COVID-19 Notification Form, which can be found at https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?UTChattanooga&layout_id=61, and/or call the campus office of Student Outreach and Support at 423-425-2299. UTC has resources and other information about what happens when a positive case of COVID-19 is reported at the university. See the UTC website for more information at https://blog.utc.edu/coronavirus/what-happens-when-a-covid-19-case-is-reported/ .
The Hamilton County Health Department is trying to identify and contact residents of Chattanooga and surrounding communities who may have been exposed.
"If you have been exposed to someone with the virus, you should quarantine from others for 14 days, monitor yourself for symptoms, and get tested," said Health Department Administrator Becky Barnes.
If COVID-19 symptoms occur, do not leave your residence except to visit a testing location or health care provider. If symptoms become worse, seek medical care quickly. Symptoms of COVID-19 may include fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, recent change in smell or taste, headache, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, or other symptoms as recognized by the CDC.
Free health department COVID-19 testing is available at the following times and locations:
* 7 days a week, 7 a.m.-11:30 a.m., health department testing site at Alstom Plant, 1125 Riverfront Pkwy, Chattanooga, TN 37402
* Saturday, Aug. 29, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Mt. Canaan Baptist Church, 4801 Highway 58, Chattanooga, TN 37416
* Sunday, Aug. 30, 12-3 p.m., Mt. Canaan Baptist Church, 4801 Highway 58, Chattanooga, TN 37416
These sites are open to the public without an appointment or referral. Call the department's COVID-19 hotline at 423-209-8383 for COVID-19 questions, or to schedule transportation to a testing site. The hotline is open Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
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