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There are a few different types of masks that can be utilized to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. Read more for information about the different types of masks. On July 10th, 2020, a mask mandate went into effect for Hamilton County, Tennessee. You can read more about this mandate including fast facts, restrictions, and expectations for Lung Docs patients here.    Surgical Masks Also called a "medical mask," a

On Monday, July 6th, in an attempt to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger approved a mask mandate.  Facial coverings shall fit snugly and securely against the side of the face. Cloth masks are preferred and should ideally include multiple layers of fabric. Surgical and other medical masks such as N95 are not required. According to the executive order, these should be preserved for health care personnel.

Separate research groups (including this report from Nature.com and this report from Annals of Internal Medicine) report that surgical face masks reduced the presence of influenza and coronavirus RNA in respiratory droplets and aerosols from infected individuals. This supports the CDC guidelines for the public.   The CDC has recommended that the general population begin wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (grocery stores,

While we’ve found ourselves in a strange time with a lot of uncertainty, our local government has risen to the task and has developed many resources for Hamilton County citizens to utilize. Here is a list of local COVID-19 resources for the Chattanooga, Tennessee area. Hamilton County, Tennessee Free Community Testing Free COVID-19 testing is available at a local community testing site: Bonnyshire Site 7460 Bonnyshire Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37416 HOURS: Monday–Friday 9:00–10:30 A.M. INFORMATION: Maximum