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COVID-19 drive-thru testing event to be held in Unicoi on June 10

From Staff Reports

The Unicoi County Health Department is hosting a COVID-19 drive-through testing event for the community on Wednesday, June 10. Nurses will collect nasal swabs from those who want to be tested, and test results will be available within 72 hours. You do not have to live in the county to be tested at this event.

“Anyone with health concerns, or who has concerns about the health of a family member, is invited to come to Unicoi this week to receive testing for COVID-19,” said Michelle Ramsey, Unicoi County Director. “This testing will be provided at no cost to participants, and those who come for testing can remain in their vehicles throughout the process.”

Sample collection for testing will be offered at the following location and time: Wednesday, June 10 from 3-6 p.m. at the Town of Unicoi Tourist Information Center, 106 Unicoi Village Place, Unicoi.

No appointment or pre-registration is needed. Each person being tested will go through a brief registration process on site while remaining in the vehicle. People will only be asked for basic information such as name, date of birth, address and phone number during this process. Everyone who is tested will be contacted about their test results, whether they are negative or positive, and given further instructions to protect their health and the health of those around them. 

TDH also offers COVID-19 testing at no cost to patients throughout the week at our local county health departments. The Unicoi County Health Department provides testing Monday-Friday from 9-11 a.m. Please call 743-9103 before arriving to the Unicoi County Health Department.

The Northeast Region’s Coronavirus Public Information Line is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday- Friday at 979-4689. Tennessee’s Coronavirus Public Information Lines are open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., daily at 833-556-2476 or 877-857-2945. 

TDH is posting updated COVID-19 case numbers by 3 p.m. each day at www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html. Find additional information at www.tn.gov/governor/covid-19.html and www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.