As coronavirus cases continue to rise, state officials are encouraging residents to continue using essential health services.

According to state officials, Tennessee’s rural county health departments continue providing traditional services and are taking every precaution to keep patients, clients and staff members safe from COVID-19. In addition to routine services, TDH county health departments offer COVID-19 testing at no charge for anyone who wishes to be tested.

“We’re ready and eager to provide crucial services such as immunizations, WIC, family planning and sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment, and to remind everyone of the importance of maintaining routine health care,” said Assistant Commissioner for Community Health Services Karen Hyman, MHA. “We will work with you to provide the care you need in the safest manner possible. We don’t want anyone putting off needed health care for fear of COVID-19, so call your local clinic to ask about available services.”

Tennessee’s local health departments are reportedly diligent in infection control efforts and providing a safe environment in which to receive health care and other services. Rural health departments now offer some services by telephone and will soon have services available via telemedicine.

Many health department clinics offer curbside immunizations and prescription pick-up. Clinics are managing appointment times and patient flow to provide for social distancing.

TDH county health department clinics offer face masks to patients and clients who do not bring their own to wear and all staff members wear masks and follow strict Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for health care facilities and providers.

Services available to everyone at Tennessee county health departments include:

• Immunizations

• Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program

• Family Planning

• STI Screening and Management

• Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening

• TB and HIV Testing and Treatment

• Baby & Me Tobacco Free™ Smoking cessation program for pregnant women and their partners

• Primary Care (select locations)

TDH operates local health department clinics in 89 of Tennessee’s 95 counties. Find location and contact information for your local county health department at www.tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/localdepartments.html

TDH health department clinics offer COVID-19 testing Monday-Friday. Some clinics require an appointment for testing.

Find information on clinic testing hours online at www.tn.gov/content/tn/health/cedep/ncov/remote-assessment-sites.html

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