Rhea County Health Department

Employees at the Rhea County Health Department are pictured above in April after the free drive-thru COVID-19 testing site was set up outside the department. The health department was briefly joined by members of the National Guard at the time to help facilitate testing.

Due to increased temperatures, the Rhea County Health Department is adjusting their COVID-19 testing hours starting on Tuesday, July 14.

The Rhea County Health Department, located at 334 Eagle Lane in Evensville, will now offer COVID-19 testing Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 11 a.m.

The Health Department will conduct nasal swab collection for testing for COVID-19. Test results may be available within 72 hours, depending on the volume of tests that the testing lab receives

Those who are ill should first contact their primary care providers.

Additional information about Tennessee’s assessment sites is available for each county on the Tennessee Department of Health [TDH] website at www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov/remote-assessment-sites.html.

There are many things residents can do to reduce the impact of COVID-19:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water (or alcohol-based hand rub) for at least 20 seconds, especially after coughing or sneezing;

• Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands;

• Stay home when you are sick;

• Cover your coughs and sneezes with your arm or a tissue;

• Clean and disinfect objects (e.g., cell phone, computer) and high touch surfaces regularly; and,

• Practice social/physical distancing from others, be safer at home;

• Wear a mask in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

TDH has additional information available at www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html.