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Free, voluntary testing available at MDHA properties

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Posted at 4:25 PM, May 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-13 17:25:29-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Free and voluntary COVID-19 testing will be offered to public housing Neighborhoods throughout Nashville. The testing is part of Governor Lee's effort to test more Tennesseans.

Tests will be offered at 14 Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency communities and neighborhoods Thursday and Friday.

“Governor Lee directed the Unified Command Group in April to expand our COVID-19 testing efforts to test more Tennesseans,” said Commissioner Lisa Piercey, MD, MBA, FAAP, Tennessee Department of Health. “Collaborating with housing authorities in Tennessee’s metropolitan areas provides the means to get COVID-19 tests to communities whose members are particularly vulnerable to the virus.”

MDHA testing locations on Thur., May 14, open 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., CST (except as noted)

  • Parkway Terrace
  • Edgehill Apartments
  • Vine Hill Apartments
  • Levy Place
  • Neighborhood Housing
  • Cayce Place (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • CWA Plaza Apartments (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

MDHA testing locations on Friday, May 15, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., CST (Except as noted)

  • Andrew Jackson Courts
  • J. Henry Hale Apartments
  • Cheatham Place
  • Cumberland View
  • Historic Preston Taylor
  • Napier Place (10 a.m. to 4p.m.)
  • Sudekum Apartments (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Jamie Berry with MDHA said testing has been available for residents 62 years old and older, but she's glad to have extra tests that will be available to all ages.

"The state reached out to MDHA two weeks ago about partnering to provide voluntary, free COVID-19 testing to our residents. At that time, we had already partnered with Council Lady Sharon Hurt, Jerry Maynard and other partners to offer voluntary, free testing at our tower properties, which house persons 62 and older and persons who have a disability. Our goal was to eventually offer voluntary testing at all of our more than 20 properties because we had residents requesting testing in their neighborhoods because they couldn’t get to testing sites due to a lack of transportation, but it would’ve taken quite to some time to reach all properties. The state’s efforts will allow us to offer voluntary, free testing on-site at 14 properties in just two days. We would like to thank all of the Resident Association presidents for their unanimous support of the voluntary testing, and we encourage residents who want to get tested to take advantage of this opportunity in their community."