TN Unified-Command launching FREE COVID-19 testing sites for entire state

Coronavirus

(Courtesy: Meharry Medical College)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and the state’s Unified-Command group will be offering FREE COVID-19 testing to any Tennessean, regardless of traditional symptoms, in what is being called ‘an aggressive effort to expand testing capacity across the state.’

Rapid improvements to testing have allowed the Tennessee Department of Health, Tennessee Department of Military, and Tennessee Emergency Management Agency to develop and offer expanded testing for the entire state.

“As we look to reboot our state’s economy, we must have a greater understanding of how this virus is operating in Tennessee,” said Gov. Lee. “Expanding our COVID-19 testing capacity allows more Tennesseans to have improved access to testing which will empower citizens to make informed health decisions.”

The expanded testing effort will begin the weekend of April 18 and 19 and continue the weekends of April 25-26 and May 2-3. Tennessee National Guard has set up 15 drive-through testing sites across the state.

“Our clinical understanding of COVID-19 is changing rapidly and we need every Tennessean who isn’t feeling well, even outside of the traditional COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever or difficulty breathing, to come out and get tested,” said Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey.

In addition to drive-through sites, all rural county health departments across the state offer free COVID-19 testing 5 days a week.

Tennessee Department of Health Nurses and Tennessee National Guard medics will perform tests at each site and results are projected to be delivered to participants within 72 hours of testing.

“Until there is a vaccine for COVID-19, quickly detecting this illness, isolating if ill and practicing social distancing are the most powerful tools we have to stop the spread and help our state return to work,” said Dr. Piercey. “I encourage every Tennessean to remember: ‘when in doubt, get a test’ as we work to identify COVID-19 cases and keep our neighbors safe.”

A full list of sites is listed below. More information regarding expanded testing capacity is available here.

COVID-19 Drive-Through Testing Events

Events on Saturday, April 18, 2020 
Bedford County 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.Shelbyville Central High School 401 Eagle Blvd., Shelbyville
Claiborne County 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.Claiborne County Health Department 620 Davis Street, New Tazewell
Dickson County 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.Dickson County Health Department 301 West End Ave., Dickson
Grainger County 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.Grainger County Health Department 185 Justice Center Drive, Rutledge
Hardin County 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.First Baptist Church 145 Main Street, Savannah
Hawkins County 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.Volunteer High School 1050 Volunteer St., Church Hill
Loudon County 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.Loudon County Health Department 600 Ryder Avenue, Loudon
Madison County 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.Jackson Fairgrounds 800 South Highland Avenue, Jackson
Marion County 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.Chattanooga State Community College – Kimball Site, 2100 Main St., Kimball
Maury County 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.Farmer’s Market Pavilion 102 Riverside Drive, Columbia
Monroe County 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.Monroe County Health Department 3469 New Highway 68, Madisonville
Montgomery County 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.Montgomery County Health Department 300 Pageant Lane, Clarksville
Robertson County 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.Robertson County Fairgrounds 4635 US-41, Springfield
Rutherford County 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.Rutherford Co. Health Department 100 West Burton St., Murfreesboro
Scott County 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.Scott County Health Department 344 Court Street, Huntsville
Sevier County 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.Tennessee Smokies Baseball Stadium 3540 Line Drive, Kodak
Tipton County 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.Brighton High School 8045 Hwy 51 South, Brighton
Union County 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.Union County Health Department 4335 Maynardville Hwy., Maynardville
Van Buren County 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.Burritt College 445 College Street, Spencer
Weakley County 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.Weakley Co. Health Department 9852 Hwy. 22, Dresden
Williamson County 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.Williamson Co. Health Department 1324 West Main Street, Franklin
Wilson County 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.Wilson Co. Health Department
927 E. Baddour Parkway, Lebanon
Events on Sunday, April 19, 2020 
Claiborne County 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.Claiborne County Health Department 620 Davis St., New Tazewell
Coffee County 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.Coffee County Administrative Plaza 1329 McArthur St., Manchester
Fayette County 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.Oakland First Baptist Church 8695 US-64, Somerville
Grainger County 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.Grainger County Health Department 185 Justice Center Drive, Rutledge
Madison County 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.Jackson Fairgrounds 800 South Highland Ave., Jackson
McMinn County 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.Athens Regional Park 101 Regional Park Drive, Athens
Pickett County 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.B & K Grocery Parking Lot 8460 Highway 111, Byrdstown
Roane County 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.Roane State Community College – Harriman Campus, 276 Patton Lane, Harriman
Sumner County 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.Gallatin High School 700 Dan P. Herron Drive, Gallatin
Union County 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.Union County Health Department 4335 Maynardville Highway, Maynardville
Washington County 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.East Tennessee State University 1276 Gilbreath Drive, Johnson City

COVID-19 in Tennessee

(This reflects what the TDH reports each day. )

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