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Front Page - Friday, May 29, 2020

Health Department closes Bonnyshire COVID-19 testing site, opens new testing sites




The Hamilton County Health Department has closed its COVID-19 testing site at the Bonnyshire Emissions Testing Center and relocated this service to four Hamilton County schools: Brainerd High School, East Lake Academy, Hardy Elementary and Orchard Knob Elementary.

The move comes as vehicle emissions testing resumes across the state.

“Since launching our COVID-19 testing April 3, we have tested several thousand people through our Bonnyshire site,” says Becky Barnes, health department administrator. “Our new locations are centrally located within the most populated areas of the county, which will allow us to test thousands more.

None of the testing will occur inside the school buildings. Rather, testing will be performed in drive-thru and walk-up tents in the parking lots.

The Chattanooga Police Department will provide traffic support at each site.

The new sites will operate from 7-11 a.m. No appointment, physician referral or symptoms are required. Walk-ups and drive-ups are allowed. All testing is free.

Direct questions about this service to the Health Department’s COVID-19 hotline at 423 209-8383.

Locations and dates include:

• Hardy Elementary School, 2100 Glass St., May 31, June 8-14, June 22-June 28, July 6-12, July 20-26

• East Lake Academy, 2700 E 34th St., June 8-12, June 22-26, July 6-10, July 20-24

• Brainerd High School, 1020 N. Moore Road, June 1-7, June 15-21, June 29-July 5, July 13-19, July 27-Aug. 2

• Orchard Knob Elementary School, 2000 E. 3rd St., June 1-5, June 15-19, June 29-July 3, July 13-17, July 27-31