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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

COVID-19 Testing

KCHD Testing Information:

Free COVID-19 testing is available for those who are uninsured and are having symptoms or are uninsured and are a close contact. If you qualify for free COVID-19 testing at KCHD, it will be offered on Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Knox County Health Department (140 Dameron Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917). Walk- ins welcome, NO appointments necessary.

Please remember, there are other COVID-19 testing opportunities available in Knox County for those who have insurance or are not having symptoms. Scroll down to view additional testing options.

For more information, please call KCHD's Public Information Line at 865-215-5555 or toll-free at 888-288-6022. The information line is available from 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. EDT, Monday through Friday.

What to expect:

COVID-19 Testing at KCHD is done using a saliva test. What does this mean?

  • Patients can NOT have anything to eat or drink OR have products in their mouth, such as gum or chewing tobacco, for 30 minutes prior to testing.
    • If you choose to not follow these guidelines, your results could come back as "indeterminate" and patients will need to get tested again. 
    • Those who do not follow this guidance will need to wait on site in order to clear their mouths and get accurate results.

Testing Locations Across Knox County