TN DOH announces testing sites in southeastern countiesFree Access

Chattanooga, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health has established COVID-19 assessment sites for county residents meeting pre-screening requirements. TN Department of Health COVID-19 assessment sites in the southeast region are:

  1. Bradley County Health Department 201 Dooley Street, Cleveland, TN 9 AM – 12 PM EST
  2. Franklin County Health Department, 266Joyce Lane, Winchester, TN 12 PM – 4 PM CST
  3. Grundy County High School 24970 TN-180, Coalmont, TN 12 PM – 4 PM CST
  4. McMinn County Health Department, 393County Road 554, Athens, TN 12 PM – 4 PM EST
  5. Rhea County Health Department, 334 Eagle Lane, Evensville, TN 12 PM – 4 PM EST
  6. Sequatchie County Health Department, 16939 Rankin Avenue, Dunlap, TN 12 PM – 4 PM CST

Residents who have concerns they may have symptoms of COVID-19 can report to the assessment site for consultation and for pre-screening for potential assessment. The Health Department will conduct pre-screenings for individuals on-site, then 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 Bledsoe, Marion, Meigs, and Polk counties. Please call these health departments to schedule an appointment.

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 assessment-sites.html.

Most people, particularly those with mild or no symptoms, do not need assessment for COVID-19.

Those in high-risk categories, including contacts of confirmed cases; people in occupations with exposure to large numbers of contacts; health care workers; nursing home residents; severely immunocompromised patients; critically ill patients; pregnant women and people who have COVID-19 symptoms, are prioritized for testing.

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

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

TDH has additional information available at

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated information and guidance available online at


Visit the Tennessee Department of Health online at


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