Coronavirus: Drive-thru testing already underway in Oak Ridge


OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (WATE) – One free drive-thru testing event has already kicked off in East Tennessee.

The city of Oak Ridge is teaming up with Kroger to offer free drive-thru testing at Oak Ridge High School Wednesday through Friday, helping officials learn the status of the virus in East Tennessee.

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“The only way our policy makers, city mayors and managers can make these decisions is with data. We have to know if the virus has increased or if we’ve plateaued; exactly what’s going on. There’s no way to do that without testing.”

Darryl Kerley – Oak Ridge Fire Chief

The city is able to test around 250 people each day, but they ask that you only make an appointment if you’re exhibiting some COVID-19 symptoms.

Whether it’s dry cough, difficulty breathing, fever, or a loss of taste or smell.

Those results return in three to seven days.

This free testing event continues Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Oak Ridge High School. You can set up an appointment in advance through

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