• Atlanta Northcutt

Free COVID-19 testing and masks available at Health Departments

Updated: Jul 2

By: Atlanta Northcutt -- Reporter for the Southern Standard

Woman prepares to receive nasal swab COVID testing

With COVID-19 cases reaching all-time highs in the U.S. and Tennessee, free testing and masks are continuing to be given to county health departments throughout the region.

All Middle Tennessee counties are continuing the free testing and distribution of masks. However, some, including Rutherford, Putnam and Grundy require appointments.

In Warren County, testing is offered at the Warren County Health Department Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Warren County is administering nasal swab tests which are similar to screening for other flu viruses. Results can take a couple days to a week to come back.

The counties are offering drive-up services for masks or testing, and individuals can receive these without having to exit their vehicle. Officials request those coming to be tested to wear a mask.

“Just pull up to get the masks you need, and if you ask for a couple extra for grandparents or elderly individuals you know we won’t question you. We are trying to prevent the elderly from getting out and risking exposure,” states the Warren County Health Department.

Contact your county’s health department for more information on hours and if appointments are required.

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