Health Department Reports Eight Deaths on Wednesday
EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was last updated on Nov. 25.
The Hamilton County Health Department reported 246 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of people diagnosed with the virus since the beginning of the pandemic to 17,191.
The health department reported eight more people succumbed to the virus. Hamilton County has now recorded 148 deaths from COVID-19.
In a November 19 press conference, Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger extended the mask mandate through Jan. 15, 2021.
“We are asking the public to cooperate,” Mayor Coppinger said. “We are pleading with you. Don’t let your guard down.”
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On Wednesday the number of active cases across the county stood at 2,146. The health department reported that 14,897 people in the county have now recovered from COVID-19.
The health department reported a total of 161 people hospitalized suffering from the virus, or persons under investigation. Thirty people are now in intensive care.
Mayor Coppinger announced in a Sept. 3 press conference that wearing masks will be mandatory through October 8. On October 6, he extended the mask mandate another 45 days. The mayor has now pushed out the mandate until Jan. 15, 2021.
Defying the mask mandate is a Class C Misdemeanor, punishable by a $50 fine or up to 30 days in jail.
Free face coverings will be available for pick-up at the health department’s E. 3rd Street offices. Tubs of face coverings are located at both circle entrances, officials said.
For the official Executive Order click on the link below: http://health.hamiltontn.org/AllServices/Coronavirus(COVID-19)/Orders.aspx
The “hot spot” map showed East Ridge with a total of 1,012 cases, trailing East Brainerd (2,588), Hixson (1,611), and Ooltewah (1,546) in the number of total cases since the beginning of the pandemic.
Currently, the health department is reporting 88 active cases in East Ridge.
Click on the link below for complete health department case data as of Nov. 25.