Rep. Hakeem: General Assembly Legislative Update

Friday, May 29, 2020 - by Rep. Yusuf Hakeem

New COVID-19 Testing Sites in Chattanooga

On May 21, the Hamilton County Health Department announced the opening up four new COVID-19 testing sites located at Brainerd High School, East Lake Academy, Hardy Elementary, and Orchard Knob Elementary. The announcement comes after the Health Department's decision to no longer continue COVID-19 testing at that Bonnyshire Emissions Testing Center due to vehicle emission testing returning in certain parts of the state. It is important to note that testing will not occur inside the school building.

These testing centers were strategically placed within the most populated areas of the county to ensure easy accessibility by everyone and maximum testing. All testing at these locations will be performed in a drive-through and walk-in tents around the school's parking lots. Testing at all four sites will take place between 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Physician referrals, appointments, and present symptoms are not required to get tested. All COVID-19 testing is free. The new COVID-19 testing sites will operate through July.

For questions about COVID-19 testing and information, call the COVID-19 hotline at 209-8383.

TESTING DATES MONDAY - SUNDAY 
Hardy Elementary School - 2100 Glass St., Chattanooga, TN 37406
May 26-31, June 8-14, June 22-28

East Lake Academy of Fine Arts - 2700 E 34th St., Chattanooga, TN 37407
May 26-29, June 8-12, June 22-26

Brainerd High School - 1020 N Moore Road, Chattanooga, TN 37411
June 1-7, June 15-21, June 29-30

Orchard Knob Elementary School - 2000 E 3rd St., Chattanooga, TN 37404
June 1-5, June 15-19, June 29-30

Why I Believe Wearing Mask and Getting Test is Important

It is not a matter of fear. It's a matter of protecting and showing compassion to your fellow man. I don't wear a mask to protect myself; I wear a mask to protect others and the ones I love. Contrary to what some may believe, this virus is real. We can't wish or pray it away. It has no concept of race, status, financial security, age, gender, political party, or who may be the President. The only way we can defeat this virus and prevent it from claiming more lives is by taking the advice of our medical professionals. It is imperative that we continue testing and trust that God will see us through. I wear a mask to lead by example and hope that others will do the same.

Tips on How to Wear a Mask and Social Distancing

To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the CDC recommends wearing a cloth face mask. To properly wear a face mask, the mask should fully cover the nose and mouth. Wearing a cloth face mask over the nose and mouth prevents a person who may not be aware that they have COVID-19 from spreading the virus. Face masks should not be placed on kids younger than age 2, or on people who have a hard time breathing or can not remove the mask themselves. Caution should be taken if you choose to wear a mask during any physical activity.

If you choose to leave your home, it is imperative that you practice social distancing, follow good hygiene practices, and wear a face mask. COVID-19 most commonly enters our system when we touch our eyes, nose, and mouth after touching infected surfaces. Because of this, it is crucial to avoid touching shared surfaces as well as your face and to wash your hands frequently.

Department of Labor:  Unemployment

If a Tennessee business closes to help slow down the spread of the COVID-19 and has to lay off employees temporarily, those workers can collect unemployment benefits, if they meet other eligibility requirements. For more detailed information on unemployment, please copy and paste the link provided. https://www.tn.gov/workforce

Congratulations to all Graduates in Hamilton County 

While COVID-19 might have canceled your graduation ceremony, it can not diminish your incredible achievement or take away all the lessons you have learned on the road to success. Congratulations to all the graduates in Hamilton County!


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