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UTC #1 COVID-19 Hub in Hamilton County

The University of Tennessee Chattanooga has officially been named the number one hub site for COVID-19 in Hamilton County. The university has had 405 (open and closed) cases alone. This is more than both the city’s largest hospital and jail. Among the state, UTC ranks number two in having the most cases. The school is attempting to take as many precautions as possible. Staff is required to monitor their health, and report these findings to the school. Staff is promoted to get tested and required to notify the school of both the test, and the results of that test.

 Students and staff that test positive are required to isolate themselves in their homes and residences and stay away from people for 10 days from the start of your symptoms. This person must also prove that they have been symptom free for 24 hours before returning to compass. The school also has a COVID-19 Campus support team that provides a “clearing” process for students and staff interested in returning to normal activities after a quarantine period. This entire process has changed the way that both the university runs, but also the activities that come with being a college student. Students have expressed their concerns about living on campus and how this year is so different then before. “It is a little concerning because I don’t want to be sent home,” Anna Bernstein, a freshman here at UTC. 

Students participating in extracurricular activities have had to make a lot of adjustments in order to still function and meet the schools safety standards for students. This YouTube video displays one on campus sororities upcoming plans to stay active and stay on campus during this pandemic. The university’s Chandelier Harriss has emphasized on the importance of keeping ourselves safe, and having an open dialog about our health and symptoms. Cases continue to both open and close on campus when it comes to the total number of cases. The school does provide a checklist on what to do if you are both symptomatic or positive as either a staff member or a student. 

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