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VOL. 44 | NO. 17 | Friday, April 24, 2020

Tennessee offering more drive-up virus testing this weekend

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NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's health department is offering drive-thru testing for the new coronavirus in 15 counties for the third straight weekend.

The department said in a news release that testing will be available Saturday in Blount, Bradley, Carroll, Carter, Fentress, Hamilton, Lincoln and Rutherford counties.

Drive-up testing is scheduled Sunday in Campbell, Giles, Hamilton, Lauderdale, Sequatchie, Sumner, Unicoi and Warren counties.

Meanwhile, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said Wednesday that Lee said the state will start testing all residents and staff at nursing homes and assisted living facilities in coming weeks. There are more than 700 long-term care facilities in the state with more than 700,000 residents, the governor said.

Lee also said "close contact services" — including salons and barbershops — will be able to open Wednesday in 89 of Tennessee's 95 counties, and the state will provide guidance on masks and other precautions for those businesses.

Also, German automaker Volkswagen is reassessing plans to resume production at its Chattanooga plant on Sunday. A new start date has not been set.

In Memphis, health officials say 155 inmates and 37 employees at the Shelby County jail have tested positive for COVID-19.

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