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Free COVID-19 Testing This Weekend

James Clark, editor of Southern Standard

If you want to be tested for COVID-19 for free, regardless of if you have any symptoms, this weekend is your chance.

Tennessee is conducting a statewide push to get as many residents tested as possible. There are no testing sites in Warren County, but testing will take place in two neighboring counties.

Testing will be held in Spencer at Burritt College, 445 College Street, from 3 to 6 p.m. this Saturday, April 18.

Testing will be held in Manchester at Coffee County Administrative Plaza, 1329 McArthur Street, from 12 to 3 p.m. this Sunday, April 19.

Gov. Bill Lee announced the free COVID-19 testing Wednesday afternoon.

“As we look to reboot our state’s economy, we must have a greater understanding of how this virus is operating in Tennessee,” said Gov. Lee. “Expanding our COVID-19 testing capacity allows more Tennesseans to have improved access to testing which will empower citizens to make informed health decisions.” 

In recent weeks, states across the country have grappled with the availability of tests and supplies needed to conduct COVID-19 tests, as well as a backlog for processing tests. 

Tennessee has formed a Unified-Command Group, comprised of the Tennessee Department of Health, Tennessee Department of Military, and Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, to develop expanded capacity and offer targeted testing across the state.

“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,” said Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey.

The expanded testing effort launches this weekend with the Tennessee National Guard operating 15 drive-thru testing sites across the state. 

Drive-thru testing sites will also be available during the weekends of April 25-26 and May 2-3. Those sites have not been announced.

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