People apparently attended last weekend's funeral services for Medal of Honor recipient Charles H. Coolidge while in their COVID-19 infectious periods, and the Hamilton County Health Department is notifying those who may have been exposed.
The department recommends that guests who attended or workers at any of the following services or who rode in buses or shuttles to and from them monitor themselves for symptoms and be tested if symptoms develop:
Thursday, April 15
· Visitation at Heritage Funeral Home, East Brainerd Chapel, 7454 E. Brainerd Road
Friday, April 16
· Service at First Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga, 554 McCallie Ave.
· Burial at the National Cemetery, 1200 Bailey Ave.
· Reception at National Medal of Honor Heritage Center, 2 W. Aquarium Way
"Our deepest condolences go to the friends and family members for their loss, and we regret further intrusion into your grief," health department administrator Becky Barnes said in a news release. "We encourage anyone who attended these services to monitor themselves for symptoms and get tested as soon as symptoms develop."
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 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the release states.
Anyone who develops any unusual symptoms should not leave their home except to visit a testing location or health care provider, according to the health department.
For a list of testing locations go to the health department's website.