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Coronavirus Testing - Tennessee

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  • Call your health care provider if you have symptoms to discuss whether you should be evaluated in person and considered for testing. If you are symptomatic but don't have a health care provider, you can call your county health department and be referred to a clinic for evaluation.
  • The public health lab is prioritizing symptomatic people with travel to high-risk areas, and those with contact to a laboratory-confirmed case or who are critically ill with no alternative diagnosis.
  • If your provider decides to test you, your samples can be collected at most health care facilities, then sent to the state laboratory for analysis. If you don't meet priority criteria, you can consider using a commercial laboratory.
  • Tests performed by the state lab have to be approved by the Tennessee Department of Health. Private labs do not require approval.
  • Results from the state lab should be available within 24 to 48 hours. Turnaround time can be affected by demand.
  • The Tennessee Department of Health has a coronavirus website with updated information on the number of cases in the state, and guidance on travel and community events.
  • Call the department's COVID-19 public information hotline at 877-857-2945 for more information about the virus. It is available daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. CT.



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