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COVID-19 Information

Chattanooga State is currently operating with unlimited campus access. Masks are not required, but some classrooms and offices encourage you to wear them. If you do not have a mask, they are provided for you across campus.

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Help Protect Your Community: Stay Home If You Don't Feel Well

Stay home if you have these symptoms: fever/chills, cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, body/muscle aches, headache, fatigue. Inform your instructor or supervisor that you need to stay home.


Are masks required at ChattState? 

Masks are not currently required at ChattState. Some classrooms and offices encourage mask wearing. If you do not have a mask, you can find them provided for you throughout the campus.

Can employees require individuals to wear masks for certain classes or office visits?

No.  Employees can only request others to wear masks; they cannot require them. 

Please know that signage encouraging others to wear a mask is available for Faculty and Staff to print off in the Marketing Tool Kit.

Why can’t Chattanooga State enact a mask mandate?

Currently, there is no local, state or federal law requiring masks. However, Chattanooga State supports individuals wearing a mask if they so desire. 

What should I do if I do not feel well?

Do not report to campus if you have these symptoms: fever/chills, cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, body/muscle aches, headache, fatigue. Inform your instructor or supervisor that you will not be reporting to campus.

What should I do if I am COVID positive?

According to the TN Dept of Health and the CDC you should:

  1. Isolate at home immediately.
  2. Stay isolated for at least 5 days, and until you no longer have symptoms and have been fever free for 24 hours.
  3. Following the initial isolation, you should then properly wear a well-fitting face mask when you are around other people for an additional 5 days or sooner if you have received two negative tests 48 hours apart.
What do I do if I am exposed to COVID-19, or am in close contact with someone with COVID-19?

If you were exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 or have been told by a healthcare provider or public health authority that you were exposed, follow the steps outlined by the CDC that you should take, regardless of your vaccination status or if you have had a previous infection.

Is Chattanooga State tracking positive COVID cases on campus?


Will Chattanooga State notify persons of a COVID positive case in their area?


Is Chattanooga State conducting contact tracing?

Not at this time. Any contact tracing will be done by the local health department. 

In order to provide timely notifications, we ask that self-reporting, COVID positive individuals notify anyone whom they have been in close contact with since they first began noticing symptoms or they received their positive test results.

Is there a threshold of cases that will warrant changes in policy?

There are many factors that play a part in Chattanooga State’s response to COVID-19.  The College looks at information from the Tennessee Department of Health, the Hamilton County Health Department, the CDC, TBR, the State of Tennessee and other government agencies to steer our COVID response plan.  We have continued to adapt to the very fluid COVID crisis since its inception in 2020, and we will continue to work with our partners on the local, state and federal levels to stay up to speed on this very dangerous virus.

The state of Tennessee’s Omnibus Bill took effect November 12, 2021. This legislation limits steps that Chattanooga State can take towards COVID-19 prevention measures on campus such as:

  • Government entities, including public schools, could only require masks when a county has registered at least 1,000 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people over the previous two weeks; the metric must be met every two weeks to continue renewing a mask mandate; religious and medical exemptions must be offered. Additionally, the Governor of Tennessee must declare a state of emergency.

Will anything be done on our campus to disinfect work spaces?

Yes. While both the TN Department of Health ( and the CDC ( state that the risk of COVID surface contamination is low, the Chattanooga State custodial department will continue to clean and disinfect spaces across campus on a regular basis.  

Additionally, items such as disinfectant spray, wipes, air purifiers and hand sanitizer will continue to be made available to staff and faculty.

Can we inform other students of a COVID positive diagnosis in the same class?

Yes. You can inform students of a COVID positive diagnosis in a class as long as you do not disclose the identity of the student who tested positive.

Can Chattanooga State require students and employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19?


Please read the Tennessee Omnibus Bill to learn more on why Chattanooga State cannot require proof of vaccination.

What is Chattanooga State doing to help keep us safe from COVID-19?

Chattanooga State is taking several measures to help keep our campus community safe from COVID-19. Some of these measures are:

  • Cleaning and disinfecting spaces across campus
  • Providing air filtration systems for classrooms and offices
  • Providing face masks to anyone who needs them
  • Supplying classrooms and offices with PPE such as disinfectant, hand sanitizer, nitrile gloves and face shields
  • Upgrading our mechanical air filters to a higher level of filtration going from MERV11 to MERV13
  • Encouraging people to stay home if they do not feel well