How do I protect myself and get tested for COVID-19?
WEAR A MASK when in public areas. Beginning this week, residents in all 95 counties can head to their local county health departments to pick up a free mask. Gov. Bill Lee has pledged to secure 5 million free masks for residents.
SYMPTOMS: If you develop COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell, CALL AHEAD to a doctor or healthcare provider, mention your symptoms, and they will guide you. If you have chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, bluish lips or face, or potentially other life-threatening problems, go to the emergency room or call 911. It can take up to 14 days to develop symptoms to the virus and the average is 5 days.
SEEK TESTING IF YOU ARE: (1) exhibiting symptoms, (2) you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for the coronavirus, or (3) you have traveled recently to one of the high-risk countries.
WHERE TO SEEK TESTING:
Preferably, first CALL YOUR DOCTOR or the city’s CORONAVIRUS HOTLINE at 615-862-7777, as they can assist you with your individual needs and direct you where to go for testing if necessary. If instructed, visit one of the community assessment centers in Davidson County.
- Nissan Stadium, Lot “N”, 1 Titans Way, Nashville, TN 37213
- Meharry Medical College, 918 21st Ave North, Nashville, TN 37208
- Former K-Mart, 2491 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37217
These drive-thru centers are now open and serving the public from 9am-3pm on Mondays-Fridays. Staff will collect a sample by swabbing your nose or throat. Test results typically take about 2-7 days to be returned.
Click here to view a list of all the COVID-19 Assessment Sites throughout TN.