Covid Cases update for Hamilton County Schools
Dr. Nakia Towns reports dramatic drop in school cases
CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – As Hamilton County schools drop their mask mandate this week, Interim Superintendent Dr. Nakia Towns updates the number of Covid cases the system is facing now.
She says during the height of the latest Delta variant outbreak this fall, their highest 7-day moving average of new cases was 366.
Last week, it had fallen to 41 cases.
It average has been steadily dropping.
The system had a high of 946 student cases on September 2nd.
On Friday, the number was down to 60 active cases.
The numbers of people in the community getting vaccines has also been climbing.
Dr. Towns reports 51% of Hamilton County resident are now fully vaccinated.
And 46% of children between 12 to 15 have been at least partially vaccinated.
Vaccines become available for 5 year olds this week.
“In light of local COVID-19 trends as well as the availability of the vaccine for all students, we are making masks optional for all HCS students and staff beginning today. This decision also reflects recent legislation that restricts districts from imposing mask mandates when COVID-19 cases are below the statutory guidance, which is true in Hamilton County at this time. ”