Drive-thru testing for COVID-19 is now at Tiger Lane, officials says

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Drive-thru testing for COVID-19 is now available at Tiger Lane, according to Memphis mayor Jim Strickland.

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, working with the Shelby County Health Department and the City of Memphis, began drive-thru testing for COVID-19 at Tiger Lane at the Memphis Fairgrounds Friday evening.

According to the reports, “To qualify for testing, an individual must first be referred by a medical provider to a centralized call center at University Clinical Health, one of UTHSC’s affiliated physician practice partners, to ensure symptoms merit testing. Individuals approved for testing will be given an appointment for the drive-thru test site. They will remain in their cars throughout the testing process. Intake will be handled in one tent, where they will provide valid identification and sign informed consent if they want to allow their samples to be used for research purposes as well. The testing will be done in another tent. The results will be sent to the health care providers of those tested”.

"Even with several hospitals implementing commercial testing in the region, there is a critical need in our community to test more broadly for COVID-19, as a means to understand the scope of the pandemic and to limit the traffic of potentially infected individuals to our emergency rooms, facilitating our ability to care for the sickest patients.” said Scott Strome, MD, executive dean of the UTHSC College of Medicine

FOX13 saw two tents - a check-in area, and a larger tent, where testing will happen.

For more information about coronavirus, visit, uthsc.edu/coronavirus.

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