Tennessee tests 553 in Greene, Hawkins over weekend, 7000+ statewide

Johnson City Press • Apr 27, 2020 at 12:30 PM

The state conducted 553 tests for the novel coronavirus at drive-through testing centers in Northeast Tennessee over the weekend as part of more than 7,000 tested across the state, according to a news release issued Monday from Gov. Bill Lee’s office.

On Saturday, 382 people were tested in Greene County, and on Sunday, 172 were tested in Hawkins County.

“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,” Lee said in a news release. “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.

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.

Also on Sunday, the state set a record for the most new confirmed cases reported in a single day: 478. That took the total of confirmed cases to 9,667 since tracking began in March.