Coronavirus Testing: Tennessee offering free COVID-19 testing in Blount, Campbell, Fentress counties this weekend

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The East Tennessee Regional Health Office is hosting free, public COVID-19 drive-thru testing events this weekend.

Officials with the Blount, Campbell and Fentress County health departments will be assisted by National Guard members on Saturday and Sunday respectively. You do not have to live in either county to be tested at the two events.

“Anyone with concerns about their health or the health of a family member is invited to come
to one of these locations this weekend to receive testing for COVID-19,” Tennessee Department of Health Regional Director Janet Ridley said. “This testing will be provided at no cost to participants, and those who come for testing can remain in their vehicles throughout the process.”

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The Blount County event will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at William Blount High School, 219 County Farm Road, in Maryville.

The Campbell County event will from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at Jacksboro Middle School, 150 Eagle Circle, in Jacksboro.

The Fentress County event will be from noon to 4 p.m. at the Fentress County Public Library, 766 First Ave., in Hampton.

The three sites are part of 16 sites offering testing this weekend across the state.

Saturday testing locations and times include:

Blount County William Blount High School, 219 County Farm Road, Maryville, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Bradley County Cleveland Middle School, 3635 Georgetown Road NW, Cleveland, 9 a.m. – noon
Carroll County Carroll County Civic Center, 201 Mustang Drive, Huntingdon, noon – 3 p.m.
Carter County Hampton High School, 766 First Ave., Hampton, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Fentress County Fentress County Public Library, 306 South Main St., Jamestown, noon – 4 p.m.
Hamilton County Opus Inspections Emissions Testing, 1620 Riverfront Parkway, Chattanooga, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Lincoln County Senior Citizens Center, 908 Washington St. West, Fayetteville, 9 a.m. – noon
Rutherford County McKnight Park, 120 DeJarnette Lane, Murfreesboro, 9 a.m. – noon

Sunday locations and times are:

Campbell County Jacksboro Middle School, 150 Eagle Circle, Jacksboro, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Giles County Giles County Agripark, 2030 Elkton Pike, Pulaski, noon – 3 p.m.
Hamilton County Opus Inspections Emissions Testing, 1620 Riverfront Parkway, Chattanooga, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Lauderdale County Ripley Elementary School, 100 Highway 19, Ripley, noon – 3 p.m.
Sequatchie County Sequatchie Schools Complex, 7079 TN-28, Dunlap, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sumner County Gallatin High School, 700 Dan P. Herron Drive, Gallatin, 9 a.m. – noon
Unicoi County Unicoi County High School, 700 Mohawk Drive, Erwin, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Warren County Warren County Farmers Market, 100 Market St., McMinnville, 1 – 4 p.m.

Anyone wishing to be tested for the coronavirus at these events will have to share their
contact information so health department staff members can provide their test results.

Test results may be available within 72 hours after the samples arrive at the lab, depending on lab volume. Everyone who is tested will be contacted about their results, whether they are negative or
positive, and given further instructions to protect their health and the health of those around
them.

Those who receive a test will be asked to self-isolate at home while awaiting test results. Those who come for testing will get information on what to expect after their test.

Participation is expected to be high, according to the state Health Department. Anyone in line by 4 p.m. will be served, as long as testing supplies last. Public restroom facilities are not available at the events.

If you cannot make it to either event, the state Health Department offers COVID-19 testing at no cost to patients throughout the week at county health departments across the state. You can find a county health department testing site by going to the TDH COVID-19 webpage.

You can also call Tennessee’s coronavirus public information lines from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily at 833-556-2476 or 877-857-2945.

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