Carter County Health Department continues free COVID-19 testing

Published 3:29 pm Wednesday, May 27, 2020

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The Carter County Health Department continues to offer free drive up COVID-19 testing to county residents that feel they need to be tested.
“If you are concerned about your health or the health of a loved one, we will test you,” said Carter County Director Caroline Hurt. “People tested are asked for basic contact information in order to give them results once they are available. All information is strictly confidential.”
The Carter County Health Department is located at 403 East G St., Elizabethton.
Testing is Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Please call Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. for further information.
Phone: (423) 543-2521
The Health Department will conduct nasal swab collection for testing for COVID-19. Test results may be available within 72 hours, depending on the volume of tests that the testing lab receives.
Those who are ill should first contact their primary care providers.
Additional information about Tennessee’s assessment sites is available for each county on the Tennessee Department of Health website at
 There are many things residents can do to reduce the impact of COVID-19:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water (or alcohol-based hand rub) for at least 20 seconds, especially after coughing or sneezing;
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Stay home when you are sick;
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with your arm or a tissue;
  • Clean and disinfect objects (e.g., cell phone, computer) and high touch surfaces regularly; and,
  • Practice social/physical distancing by staying at least 6 feet away from anyone outside of your household;
  • Wear a mask in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  • All Tennesseans, especially those in high-risk populations, should take the following actions to reduce the possibility of getting sick with COVID-19:
  • Keep space (at least 6’) between yourself and others;
  • Limit your time in public to essential needs only, such as grocery trips, medical care, pharmacy needs or emergencies;
  • When you are in public, avoid crowds as much as possible, and keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often;
  • Avoid non-essential travel, especially on airlines and cruise ships; and,
  • Stay home as much as possible to reduce your risk of being exposed.
TDH has additional information available at
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated information and guidance available online at

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