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Tennessee’s Unified Command to Conduct Weekend COVID-19 Testing Events in Rural Counties
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Governor Bill Lee’s Unified Command Group will open drive through COVID-19 testing sites in three counties Saturday, Oct. 24 to address rising case rates in Tennessee’s rural areas.
“We’ve seen an upward trend in COVID cases in rural Tennessee that are cause for concern,” said Commissioner Lisa Piercey, MD, MBA, FAAP, Tennessee Department of Health. “Bringing back weekend drive through testing helps with access to testing which will help combat COVID-19’s continued health threat. In addition to testing, Tennesseans need to take simple, yet impactful, precautions - wearing masks, washing hands, and social distancing – to protect themselves.”
Saturday’s COVID-19 testing is free to those who want to receive a test. The testing locations are as follows:
Grundy County High School
Coalmont, TN 37313
Fentress County Senior Citizens Center
308 South Main St.
Jamestown, TN 38556
Dyersburg High School
125 US-51 Bypass
Dyersburg, TN 38024
Testing sites will be open from 9 a.m. to noon local time, and will remain open until all vehicles in line have received tests.
The testing events Saturday in Grundy, Fentress, and Dyer counties will begin an ongoing effort, through the fall, to bring weekend, drive through COVID-19 testing opportunities to rural Tennesseans. These efforts will include notification of results and contact with the health department to provide education on isolation and quarantine recommendations that are important parts of slowing the spread of the virus.
Tennessee National Guard medics and TDH personnel will be at each rural testing site to collect nasal swabs from those who voluntarily agree to a COVID-19 test.
Participants should receive their test results within 72 hours, depending on test processing volume at laboratories. Information will be provided to participants at the testing locations on what they can expect after being tested. This information is also available at: www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/health/documents/cedep/novel-coronavirus/TestedGuidance.pdf.
Governor Lee formed the UCG on March 23, 2020, bringing together the Tennessee Department of Health, Tennessee Department of Military, and Tennessee Emergency Management Agency to streamline coordination across key Tennessee departments to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
Alabama Department of Labor
Coronavirus and Unemployment Insurance Benefits Frequently Asked Questions, click here
Families First Coronavirus Response Act, click here
COVID-19 Resources from the Alabama Department of Labor, click here
Alabama Department of Revenue
For small businesses, restaurants, and other food service businesses unable to pay their state sales taxes due to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19), late payment penalties will be waived for taxes reported on returns filed for the February, March, and April 2020 reporting periods. Similar relief is being provided for state lodgings taxes due for these same periods.
Alabama Department of Revenue COVID-19 Update page, click here
Alabama Department of Public Health
For the most updated information about COVID-19 in Alabama, please visit the Alabama Department of Public Health's resource page on the outbreak.
Federal Agencies You May Want To Contact
Small Business Administration
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has an information page for Business Guidance and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. To visit their page, please click here.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has established "Combating the Coronavirus" on its website with resources including workplace tips for employees, customizable flyers and signage, preparedness checklists, social media toolkits, travel notices, and reports on the worldwide economic condition and how it may impact your business. To visit their page, please click here.
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides information about COVID-19 with the latest updates, resources for the community, and guidelines to help protect yourself. To visit their page, please click here.
State of Tennessee Releases New COVID-19 PSA “Choices”
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Governor Bill Lee today announced a new ad campaign, “Choices”, to promote responsible decision-making by Tennesseans as the state continues to fight the spread of COVID-19. The ad will air across the state on broadcast, cable, and digital media.
“The most effective way for us to combat this virus is through individual Tennesseans making responsible decisions for the safety of themselves, their loved ones, and their neighbors,” said Gov. Lee. “Masks remain one the most effective, widely available tools as we await a safe, approved vaccine. We recognize that life looks different during a pandemic, and we’re encouraging Tennesseans that as they live their lives they make the responsible choice and choose to wear a mask.”
The PSA launches in tandem with a new COVID-19 website from the Tennessee Department of Health that provides Tennesseans with improved tools to make informed decisions for their health. The website can be found at https://covid19.tn.gov/.