With COVID vaccinations in state, the Warren County Health Department is making a shift as its workers prepare to give vaccinations.
The Health Department will begin offering self-testing kits to adults beginning this Monday, Dec. 21. By doing this, it will free up time for staff members to transition to vaccinating front-line healthcare workers and first-responders.
“We’re making this transition so our Department of Health staff can assist with administration of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines,” said Tennessee Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey.
All Tennessee Department of Health COVID-19 testing sites across the state will begin offering self-testing kits to adults three days a week beginning Monday, Dec. 21.
The new COVID-19 self-tests will be offered to adults on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. On these days, public health staff members at each health department COVID testing site will provide self-testing kits to adults who wish to be tested. Individuals will remain in their vehicles while completing paperwork and collecting their samples. Health departments will submit the samples for testing.
Adults tested with the new self-tests will register and receive their results online. The self-tests are not approved for use in children under age 18.
Children and adults unable to register online can still receive the standard nasal swab COVID-19 tests at the Health Department on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
“State-run health departments currently collect an average of only 16% of all COVID-19 tests statewide, and our change will not affect the wide availability of testing through private providers in Tennessee,” said Piercey. “While the arrival of vaccines is welcome, it is imperative that we not let up on basic best practices and continue to protect each other by wearing masks, practicing social distancing and staying home when sick.”
Tennessee health departments will be closed and will not offer COVID-19 testing Dec. 24 – 25 and Dec. 31 – Jan. 1 in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
If you have any questions, please call 473-8468.