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Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced free COVID-19 testing will be available for any Tennessean, regardless of traditional symptoms, as the Unified-Command Group ramps up an aggressive effort to expand testing capacity across the state.

Rapid improvements to the testing apparatus allowed the Unified-Command Group, comprised of the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH), Tennessee Department of Military (T and Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), to develop expanded capacity and offer targeted testing across the state.

More than 23,000 Tennesseans received a free COVID-19 test at 67 drive-through sites over expanded testing events across the state during the month of April, as part of Unified-Command Group’s efforts to reduce barriers and widen access to testing for all Tennesseans regardless of symptoms.

Tennessee Department of Health Nurses and Tennessee National Guard medics performed tests at each site with results delivered to participants within 72 hours of testing. 

More information on Tennessee's expanded testing efforts is available here

Frequently Asked Questions

Gov. Lee has directed the Unified-Command group to rapidly expand Tennessee’s COVID-19 testing capacity and enable more Tennesseans to have improved access. This increased testing capacity will empower citizens to make informed health decisions, and allow us to get Tennesseans back to work quickly and safely. 

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.

The full list of testing sites is available here.

Additional resources:

According to the Centers for Disease Control, common COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath

Yes, COVID-19 is a dangerous disease. While many people have shown little to no symptoms when infected, others have developed serious complications and died. The disease is particularly dangerous for older adults, people with compromised immune systems, or those with underlying health issues like diabetes, lung disease, or heart disease.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, seek medical attention if you have:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

The best way to avoid getting sick from COVID-19 is to avoid exposure to the virus. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the best practices for avoiding COVID-19 infections are to:

  • Wash your hands often.
  • Avoid close contact with others.
  • Stay home as much as possible.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth when around others.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean and disinfect regularly.

Questions about COVID-19? Visit our FAQ page or send a message to Governor Lee's Constituent Services team. 

NOTE: Please refrain from sending personal health records or other protected medical information to the Governor’s Office. Concerns or questions regarding the federal government or federal matters are best referred to the appropriate federal officeholder. Additionally, please note that the Governor's Office cannot assist constituents with legal matters or intervene on their behalf in judicial or law enforcement matters.