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Unified-Command Group Tests More Than 7,000 Tennesseans at Weekend Drive-Through Sites

Monday, April 27, 2020 | 10:45am

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced more than 7,000 Tennesseans received free COVID-19 tests, regardless of symptoms, during Unified-Command Group’s second weekend of expanded testing efforts at 18 sites across the state.

“We expanded testing availability to any Tennessean who believes they need a test because testing remains one of our most important tools in tracking and mitigating the spread of COVID-19,” said Gov. Lee. “We’re grateful to the thousands of Tennesseans who came out to get tested, and we’re incredibly thankful for the efforts of our Department of Health and National Guard personnel for making these testing sites a reality.”   

Tennessee Department of Health and Tennessee National Guard personnel tested 4,247 individuals on Saturday at 10 sites across all three grand divisions.  Two metropolitan areas, Hamilton and Shelby counties, were added from the previous weekend with the Hamilton site operating Saturday and Sunday.

Eight sites were operational on Sunday with 2,856 individuals tested.  On both days lanes at certain sites were opened early to accommodate large lines and some sites offered “walk-up” testing to alleviate potential delays.

“We’re pleased with the number of Tennesseans who came out to get tested, and our capacity could have handled twice as many tests if needed,” said Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey. “As Tennesseans begin the process of returning to work, we strongly encourage them to take advantage of these opportunities to get a test and help us mitigate the spread of COVID-19.”

Unified-Command will continue expanded testing throughout the weekend of May 2-3.  An updated list of available sites will be posted on the Department of Health’s website.  All rural county health departments across the state offer free COVID-19 testing 5 days a week, in addition to drive-through sites.

A joint partnership between the Tennessee Department of Health, Tennessee Department of Military and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), Unified-Command was established on March 23 by Gov. Lee and serves as the state’s coordinated response to the coronavirus pandemic.

WEEKEND SNAPSHOT – EXPANDED TESTING

 

 

 

 

 

Samples Collected

REGION

COUNTY

DATES

TIME

Saturday

Sunday

NE

Greene

25-Apr

 

   9:00 - 3:00   

382

 

East

Jefferson

25-Apr

 

9:00 - 4:00

682

 

Knox

Knox

25-Apr

 

10:00 - 2:00

520

 

SE

Bledsoe

25-Apr

 

9:00 - 1:00

364

 

Hamilton

Hamilton

25-Apr

 

8:30 - 12:30

738

 

UC

Smith

25-Apr

 

12:00 - 4:00

91

 

SC

Maury

25-Apr

 

   9:00 - 12:00   

242

 

MC

Williamson

25-Apr

 

 9:00 - 12:00 

542

 

W

Gibson

25-Apr

 

12:00 - 3:00

221

 

Shelby

Shelby

25-Apr

 

12:00 - 3:00

465

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NE

Hawkins

 

26-Apr

9:00 - 3:00

 

172

East

Anderson

 

26-Apr

9:00 - 4:00

 

974

SE

Franklin

 

26-Apr

11:00 - 2:00

 

135

Hamilton

Hamilton

 

26-Apr

8:30 - 12:30

 

639

UC

Putnam

 

26-Apr

12:00 - 4:00

 

233

SC

Lawrence

 

26-Apr

12:00 - 3:00

 

126

MC

Montgomery

 

26-Apr

 9:00 - 12:00 

 

338

W

Henderson

 

26-Apr

12:00 - 3:00

 

239

 

Totals

 

4247

2856

 

Grand Total

 

 

7103