COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness Information

Starr Regional Medical Center’s top priority continues to be protecting the health and safety of our patients, providers, employees and the communities we serve. Like our fellow healthcare providers, we continue to be challenged by the concerning trend of COVID-19 in our local community and across the nation.  

The number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise rapidly across the country, and the same is true here at home in McMinn County. In fact, COVID-19-related hospitalizations have reached an all-time high across our state since this public health crisis began.

Importantly, this crisis is not isolated to urban areas and larger cities – COVID-19 is a very real problem in the smaller communities we serve, as well. Small towns and rural areas across the country and across Tennessee have seen a rapid acceleration of COVID-19 cases in the past few weeks, and our hospital has felt the impact. Unfortunately, the continued surge and prevalence of COVID-19 has the potential to overwhelm the local healthcare delivery system, which is why we all must do our part to protect ourselves, our healthcare workers and our communities.

With up to 40 percent of those infected showing few to no symptoms, the virus can spread quickly. Combined with cooler temperatures and our annual flu season, we are facing what could be a particularly challenging fall and winter. We strongly urge our community members to be even more diligent in their efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the months ahead.

More than eight months into the pandemic, we simply cannot let our guard down – and you can rest assured that the Starr Regional Medical Center team won’t. But it is going to take all of us being extra cautious and taking every possible preventive measure to change the course of the pandemic and avoid a greater healthcare and economic crisis.

We call upon every community member in McMinn County to lead by example — wear a mask over your nose and mouth, wash your hands frequently, practice social distancing and avoid group gatherings.

Together, we can make a difference and make our communities healthier.

Our hospital is committed to providing the highest quality care and ensuring the safety of our patients, employees, providers, volunteers and visitors. We are continuing to monitor the evolving situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) and are taking the necessary steps to ensure we are fully prepared to care for patients, in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and in partnership with our local and state health departments. Watch our video about what you should expect when coming to Starr Regional Medical Center here: "What to Expect at Starr Regional".

Below are a number of resources to help educate you and your family on COVID-19. For more information on the virus, please contact the Tennessee Department of Health.

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COVID-19 Online Risk Assessment

To help support the health of our community, we are providing access to an online COVID-19 risk assessment developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This tool does NOT provide a diagnosis, and it should NOT be used as a substitute for an assessment made by a healthcare provider.

Important Links:

Additional Resources:

► Tennessee Department of Health's COVID-19 Public Information Number: 877-857-2945, available 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. CST daily 

► Chattanooga - Hamilton County Coronavirus Hotline: 423-209-8383, available 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST Monday through Friday