The Tennessee Department of Health continues to offer free COVID-19 testing in drive through testing sites for county residents that feel they need to be tested.

There are six total coronavirus testing sites in the southeast region, including the McMinn County Health Department on 393 County Road 554.

The other five testing sites are:

• Bradley County Health Department, 201 Dooley Street, Cleveland

• Franklin County Health Department, 266 Joyce Lane, Winchester

• Grundy County Health Department, 1372 Main Street, Altamont

• Rhea County Health Department, 334 Eagle Lane, Evensville

• Sequatchie County Health Department, 16939 Rankin Avenue, Dunlap

Drive through testing will be available at the above sites from 9 a.m. to noon local time.

The health department will conduct nasal swab collection for testing for COVID-19. Test results may be available within 72 hours, depending on the volume of tests that the testing lab receives

Testing is also available by appointment only at health departments in Meigs, Bledsoe, Marion and Polk counties. Interested parties should call these health departments to schedule an appointment.

Residents can also receive a free cloth mask at any of the 10 health department locations above.

Those who are ill should first contact their primary care providers.

Additional information about Tennessee’s assessment sites is available for each county on the Tennessee Department of Health website at www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov/remote-assessment-sites.html

There are many things residents can do to reduce the impact of COVID-19:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water (or alcohol-based hand rub) for at least 20 seconds, especially after coughing or sneezing;

• Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands;

• Stay home when you are sick;

• Cover your coughs and sneezes with your arm or a tissue;

• Clean and disinfect objects (e.g., cell phone, computer) and high touch surfaces regularly;

• Practice social/physical distancing from others, be safer at home; and,

• Wear a mask in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

All Tennesseans, especially those in high-risk populations, should take the following actions to reduce the possibility of getting sick with COVID-19:

• Keep space (at least 6’) between yourself and others;

• Limit your time in public to essential needs only, such as grocery trips, medical care, pharmacy needs or emergencies;

• When you are in public, avoid crowds as much as possible, and keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often;

• Avoid non-essential travel, especially on airlines and cruise ships; and,

• Stay home as much as possible to reduce your risk of being exposed.

TDH has additional information available at www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated information and guidance available online at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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