Due to a continued spike in local COVID-19 cases, starting Monday, Chattanooga will reopen City Hall and other city facilities for the public.
According to a news release Thursday, the city will suspend public access to City Hall, City Annex and city services at the Development Resource Center starting Monday. Additionally, all branches of the public library will be closed to the public, but will continue to operate its curbside service.
The news release stated, “Mayor Andy Burke and city operations staff understand that the closure of some of the city’s facilities is the result for city employees and the general public. The safety of our workforce and Chattanooga is our top priority,” the news The release stated. “That’s why we closely monitor public health data for every 100,000 people, including the Harvard Global Health Initiative Risk Level Framework, trends in hospitalization and fattiness, the percentage of new cases that are epi-linked and the virus is currently spreading. We do.” Our community is described by the Hamilton County Health Department.
“And because COVID-19 knows no boundaries, we also consider policy interventions such as masked interventions and other policies by local and regional decision makers that can positively impact health and safety. We at least Track these metrics for a period of seven days. Up to 14 days to ensure that we are monitoring trends and our actions are not driven by fluctuating data from day to day. “
The city has had an unknown number of cases among employees since the onset of the epidemic, including public-facing cases within the fire department, city court and timber recycling center, but says all other among city employees No risk in the cases is deemed to the public by epidemiologists from the Hamilton County Health Department.
According to the release, city departments will continue to provide all services, including police, fire and solid waste removal, but an unexpected outbreak or additional positivity among city employees could cause service disruption.
The city court and clerk’s office would remain open under an order from the state’s highest court, which allowed individual proceedings to resume. However, quotes can still be paid online at bit.ly/payfinecha.
The Hamilton County Government will maintain its personal services at the Development Resource Center.
The city asks residents to operate the business online and by phone. A complete list of the city’s services can be seen at cha.city/cityclosures or residents can call 311 or (423) 643-6311 for help.
During the epidemic, the city has retained all full-time employees, but has closed all customer-facing offices, opened offices for undercover people, re-opened and re-opened the same offices and Other changes have been made based on the severity of the local outbreak.
Contact Sarah Grace Taylor at [email protected] or 423-757-6416. Follow her on Twitter @_sarahgtaylor.