Free COVID-19 Testing for State Employees

TSEA June 2, 2020 Comments Off on Free COVID-19 Testing for State Employees
Free COVID-19 Testing for State Employees

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee’s Unified Command Group is coordinating with the Department of Health to provide free, voluntary COVID-19 testing for state employees at five (5) test sites across the state, beginning Thursday, June 4.

This complimentary testing is an opportunity to help employees monitor their own health and avoid the spread of COVID-19. Employees who choose to be tested may do so during the workday with supervisor approval and will not be required to use leave.

TESTING PROCESS

Employees can obtain a free COVID-19 test at the following on-site test locations:

City Date and Time Location
Chattanooga Tues., June 9; 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (ET) UT-Chattanooga Campus Lot #10, 701 Vine St.(by Grote Hall)
Jackson Wed., June 10
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Lowell Thomas, 225 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
Knoxville Mon., June 8 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (ET) 1st Level of the G-10 Neyland Parking Garage., 1411 TN-158
Memphis Thurs., June 4 – Sat., June 6
8:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (CT) by appointment or walk-up from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (CT)
Tiger Lane Mobile Testing Site, 450 Early Maxwell Blvd. (enter at Central/Early Maxwell intersection) ·   Click here to make an appointment– enter “yes” and “state employee” for your primary care provider ·   Click here to print and complete the walk-up form—write “state employee” on the top of the form
Nashville Thurs. June 4 – Fri. June 5; 8:00 am – 4:00 pm CT 220 French Landing Dr. (by TN Department of Labor & Workforce Development)

Note: This voluntary test option is separate from testing that may be conducted for employees working with custodial or vulnerable populations.

Additionally, any Tennessean may receive a free COVID-19 test at their local health department (click here for locations).

Participants should receive their test results within 72 hours, depending on the test processing volume. Employees may work during the waiting period, if they are symptom-free and have not been directed to quarantine by a healthcare professional. Information on what to expect after being tested will be provided to participants at the testing locations. This information is also available online at: 
www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/health/documents/cedep/novel-coronavirus/TestedGuidance.pdf.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Employees who test positive for COVID-19 and cannot work from home may be eligible for Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) leave benefits or discretionary leave.

For questions, please visit the COVID-19 portal for state employees on TeamTN.gov or contact your Agency HR staff.

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