CHATTANOOGA, Tenn – In the last two weeks, we have seen a significant increase in COVID-19 numbers.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke says, “Coronavirus is running rampant in our community and much of the United States at my last press briefing we’ve had 3,332 new infections, 3,332 new infection and 30 deaths. This is overwhelming to say and extremely concerning to me and it should be to our entire community.”

Today, the Hamilton County Health department announced that they will adopt the latest CDC guidance that allows for a reduced quarantine period for people who have been in contact with a COVID-19 infected person. The health department says that the Quarantine period can end after Day 7 with a negative test taken on Day 5 or after, and if no symptoms occur during daily monitoring.