More than 11K people got free coronavirus tests over weekend

More than 11,000 Tennesseans got tested for the coronavirus over the weekend as the state opened 33 free sites manned by the Tennessee National Guard and the state Department of Health personnel.

The 11,230 tests set a new two-day high for testing since the pandemic reached the state about five weeks ago, WPLN-FM reports. A total of about 97,000 tests have been given so far.

“If I know today I have a clean slate, then going forward I know that at least as of today, I’m good,” Christine Garner of Hendersonville told the public radio station. “Then I’d probably want to be tested again, since I have to keep meeting with people.”

According to the governor’s office, here’s how many tests were administered across the state:

  • Madison: 1,394
  • Sevier: 910
  • Roane: 901
  • Washington: 829
  • Sumner: 820
  • Williamson: 663
  • Coffee: 515
  • Hawkins: 470
  • Bedford: 411
  • Montgomery: 354
  • Rutherford: 354
  • McMinn: 334
  • Marion: 331
  • Fayette: 277
  • Wilson: 275
  • Maury: 273
  • Tipton: 268
  • Robertson: 254
  • Dickson: 240
  • Grainger: 219
  • Claiborne: 212
  • Union: 196
  • Van Buren: 164
  • Pickett: 149
  • Weakley: 109
  • Loudon: 107
  • Hardin: 92
  • Monroe: 81
  • Scott: 28


4 Responses to More than 11K people got free coronavirus tests over weekend

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    Jim O'Hara says:

    At that rate, it will only take 2.5 years to test adult population of Tennessee. Can we please have some strategic deployment of scarce resources? Say population-based sampling. Or testing of high risk populations, all nursing home residents and staff, the prisons (not just after-the-fact testing), health-care facility staff…
    And how are we doing a hiring the needed personnel for contact-tracing?

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      LeeAnn C. says:

      Agreed! Testing resources should be utilized as a tool to clear people for return to work! Many employers require drug testing prior to hire and as an ongoing requirement. The government doesn’t have to mandate it, but as they don’t require employers to do drug testing. Businesses do it on their own to reduce liabilities.

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        Frankie Weaver says:

        What percentage of results came back positive from the 11k tests administered over the weekend? Why aren’t Blount, Anderson and Knox counties aren’t on the list?

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    MARLE says:

    WH guidelines say that PHASE 1 can only happen after a state shows 14 Consecutive days of case decline.

    Is this surge of testing being undertaken to set a “High WaterMark” for us to decline from????

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