The testing sites—Nissan Stadium, Meharry Medical College and a former K-mart location on Murfreesboro Pike—have been ready to open for more than a week but were delayed opening due to the lack of testing supplies needed, according to Dr. Alex Jahangir, chair of the Metropolitan Board of Health and Metro Coronavirus Task Force.
“The community assessment system supplements the care that is already being provided by our hospitals and medical schools in Nashville,” Dr. Jahangir said at a March 30 press conference. “It expands our city’s ability to assess more residents and conduct even more tests. As a reminder, you will not be charged for this assessment, or, if you need it, the COVID-19 test.”
All three centers will be open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the following locations:
Nissan Stadium, Lot “N” (now open)
1 Titans Way, Nashville
Meharry Medical College (now open)
918 21st Ave. N., Nashville
Former Kmart (opening April 1)
2491 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville
The centers are part of an overall system, which includes a hotline that residents must first call to receive an initial assessment by a public health professional. Following a phone assessment, callers will then be directed to visit an assessment center, where they will be further screened and, if deemed necessary by health professionals, tested for COVID-19.
To access the hotline, residents can call 615-862-7777 daily between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tennessee now has at least 1,834 total cases of coronavirus, according to the latest data from the Tennessee Department of Health. On Monday morning, Metro Nashville officials announced that Davidson County now has 443 confirmed cases, including three deaths and 80 recovered cases.
“Right now, the hospital systems in Nashville are keeping up with the demand,” Jahangir said. “Still, we’re concerned that over the next several weeks a growing number of COVID-19 patients will require hospitalizations, and perhaps intensive care treatment, putting additional stress on our health care system. If it does, we need to respond with additional capacity in healthcare resources, which includes beds, supplies, ventilators, and, most important, staff who can provide care.”