Community Response & Relief COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Self and Family Care

See below for specific resources that are available for you. Please note that this page is being kept up-to-date as regularly as possible with answers to the most common questions that United Way is receiving in regard to places to both get and give help.

Recursos e información en español durante COVID-19 lapazchattanooga.org/covid19 


YMCA of Metropolitan Chattanooga

Les Mills On Demand

First Things First

Self-Care, Marriage, Parenting (English version)

  • Click here for the Spanish version.


Mental Health

Alcohol Abuse & Addiction 

  • Click here to learn more about the treatment and support options available for alcoholism

TANF Emergency Assistance  

  • Financial aid is available for qualifying families that lost employment due to COVID-19. To learn more and apply, click here. 

Urban League of Greater Chattanooga 

  • Free tax assistance for residents who meet income residency requirements. Learn more here.


  • Through United Way’s partnership with H&R Block, every household with a simple return can file their federal and state taxes for free. Click here to learn more. 

Regular updates and case-specific needs are surfacing on a moment-to-moment basis. To view and share these opportunities follow us on our social accounts.

Stay Informed

The following resources are national, state and local ways to track ongoing developments:


What is Covid-19?
There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused be a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.

The World Health Organization (WHO) published this video which helps answer many common questions about the origin and spread of the virus.

What are the symptoms of Covid-19?
Fever, cough, and shortness of breath are the most common symptoms of COVID-19 and are similar to symptoms of a common cold or the flu.
What should I do if I or someone I care for is sick?
If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, are over the age of 60, or have an underlying medical condition like heart, lung, or kidney disease, and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider immediately. If you are young, otherwise healthy, and have not been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 or recently traveled to a country with a high rate of COVID-19, stay home and treat your symptoms as you would with a common cold.

More information from the CDC here.

Are there confirmed COVID-19 cases in my community?
The CDC has made a map available to the public with information about confirmed COVID-19 cases by state. For specific information about your community, visit the website for    and look for COVID-19 updates. Regardless of whether there is an active outbreak in your community, you should wash your hands thoroughly, cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing, and stay home if experiencing cold or flu symptoms when at all possible. 

More information from the CDC here.

Is COVID-19 fatal?
While people have died from COVID-19 in the U.S. and abroad, the majority of people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 do recover. The virus appears to only be severe if it reaches the lungs and remains untreated. Most otherwise healthy people can recover from COVID-19 at home.