The Grundy County Health Department will be administering drive-thru testing for COVID-19 at Grundy County High School on April 3, from 12 to 4 p.m. Persons will be assessed on-site to determine if they need a test. From information received by the Herald, persons who have symptoms, have travelled to a “hotspot,” or have been in contact with a person who has tested positive will have the opportunity to be tested at the drive-thru location.
Grundy County Mayor Michael Brady said he requested the Drive-thru location based off of a growing concern over volume of positive cases in the county.
“This is a joint effort between myself, Senator Bowling, and the Tennessee Health Department,” stated Brady. “Knowing of a person who has tested positive and been in contact with community members over the last few days, we felt this testing site could further combat the spread of the virus.”
Brady also stressed that people not be quick to place blame on any individual(s) who were in contact with others before they began to show symptoms. This virus can be silent, but contagious, before a person begins to show symptoms.
More information from the TN Health Department
Beginning Friday, April 3, the Grundy County Health Department will established a COVID-19 assessment site for county residents meeting pre-screening requirements.
The area COVID-19 assessment site is located at:
Grundy County High School
24970 TN-108, Coalmont, TN
12 PM- 4PM
Grundy County residents who have concerns they may have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with a positive case can report to the assessment site for consultation and for pre-screening for potential assessment.
Grundy County Health Department will conduct pre-screenings for individuals with symptoms 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.
Those who are ill should first contact their primary care providers.
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 Grundy County 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 home.
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 exposed.