NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Community assessment centers opened Monday around Nashville where people can drive up and get tested for COVID-19.
After a delay, three drive-thru coronavirus testing centers are now open in Davidson County.
Testing sites at Nissan Stadium and Meharry Medical College opened Monday. A third location, in the the vacant K-Mart parking lot on Murfreesboro Pike in Antioch, will open Wednesday.
The centers have been ready to open for a week, but had to be delayed due to a lack of testing supplies.
Mayor Cooper said he hopes these centers will alleviate stress on Nashville hospitals.
Anyone in Nashville who suspect they have the virus is asked to call the city’s coronavirus hotline before going to a testing site.
“The hotline is staffed by health care workers who can answer your questions, and help you determine if you need to be further assessed, if needed you will be referred to your health care provider or to one of our community assessment centers. These drive thru centers will further assess your symptoms and if indicated by medical protocol, give you a COVID-19 test,” explained Dr. Alex Jahangir with the Metro coronavirus task force.
“The Tennessee Air National Guard secured delivery of the COVID-19 test kits required to get our community assessment centers fully operational in approximately 48 hours. I’m grateful to Gov. Bill Lee and the state’s COVID-19 Unified Command for collaborating
with the coronavirus task force to helep secure these needed medical supplies,” said Mayor John Cooper.
If you do qualify, staff will collect a sample by swabbing your nose or throat. Each assessment center will operate from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.