Staff photo by Mike Pare / The former Puleo's Grille in Ooltewah near Interstate-75 is the site of the new Local Goat restaurant.

Patrons, staff and others who visited the Local Goat restaurant in Ooltewah between June 7 and June 22 may have been exposed to COVID-19, according to an alert issued Tuesday by the Hamilton County Health Department.

"Case investigations revealed seven positive COVID-19 cases amongst employees," a news release from the health department states. "It is recommended that employees or patrons who visited the restaurant during the month of June monitor themselves for symptoms and be tested immediately if symptoms develop."

Symptoms of COVID-19 may include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body ache, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea or other symptoms as recognized by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"If you develop any unusual symptoms, do not leave your house, except to visit a testing location or health care provider," health department officials advised in the release.

Free COVID-19 testing is available in Hamilton County at the following locations:

Cempa Community Care drive-thru COVID-19 testing at Alleo Health

4411 Oakwood Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37416

Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. & Sunday: 1-4 p.m.

Testing is available at this location until June 30.


LifeSpring Community Health drive-thru COVID-19 testing

2507 McCallie Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37404

Monday and Friday: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.


Clínica Médicos drive-thru COVID-19 testing

1148 E. 23rd St., Chattanooga, TN 37404

To schedule an appointment, call 423-206-4530 or visit


Additional COVID-19 testing sites and resources in Hamilton County:

A list of additional testing locations can be found on the health department's website.

The health department's COVID-19 hotline, 423-209-8383, is available to connect people to vaccine and testing resources. Hotline hours are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Bilingual representatives are available.

- Compiled by staff writer Elizabeth Fite