Health Department offering free Covid take home testing kits

HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn (WDEF) – With the Tennessee Valley experiencing a  surge in COvid-19 cases, the Hamilton County Health Department felt it was necessary to revamp their covid take-home testing kits to help residents do their part to slow the spread—.  and this time there’s more than one kit available.”

For the month of September, Hamilton County is currently seeing an average of 300 new covid cases daily with an active case count of over 3600 right now & a total of 573 deaths-far too many. 

To help with breaking down any covid testing barrier the health department is once again giving out at-home testing kits.

“The way we are going to flatten the curve is testing, masking, physical distancing, hand washing, and definitely vaccination. Testing is really important so people can know if they are positive or not so we are able to stop the spread,” says Dr. Fernando Urrego, Hamilton County Health Department. 

The test kits will be available outside the health department on Weekdays between the hours of 9:00 am and 3 pm – until supplies run out.

“We now have two kits available. We are giving out the EverlyWell kits which is a PCR test – that’s for anyone 18 and older. We are also giving out the Ellume kit which is an antigen test and it’s indicated for 2 years and up,” says Dr. Urrego.

Officials are asking that only residents who are showing symptoms of the virus, pick up a test.

“ We don’t want anyone who is not showing symptoms or hasn’t had a known contact to come get the kits for a ‘just in case.’ We don’t have enough kits to go around right now. With the significant increase in cases – it’s important we are testing those where testing is indicated,” says Dr. Urrego.

The health department is already out of the Ellume testing kits for the ages of 2 and above. 

For additional testing sites and information click here.

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