Plan unveiled to keep Metro COVID-19 testing centers open during cold weather days

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Posted at 9:50 AM, Jan 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-14 13:36:34-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Nashville will adjust the hours of its three COVID-19 assessment centers operated by Meharry Medical College during the winter months.

Officials also unveiled a new plan to keep the testing centers open during cold weather days during Mayor John Cooper's weekly COVID-19 briefing.

Previously, Metro has chosen to close its testing centers on days when temperatures or wind chills drop below 35 degrees. Because the city also closes testing centers on weekends, some Nashvillians have had to wait days to receive a test.

During the winter months, the assessment centers will operate Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This begins on Tuesday, January 19 as the centers will be closed on Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

On cold weather days, testing will only be available at Nissan Stadium Lot N. The Nashville Office of Emergency Management said this decision was made to protect the public, health care professionals and volunteers at the outdoor centers.

Nashville OEM chose the Nissan Stadium lot because of its size and access to the public. Officials said the cold weather plan will be activated when temperatures drop to 28 degrees or lower during hours of operation.

The city noted operation hours are subject to change depending on the weather conditions.

Below are the three locations for Metro's free COVID-19 testing centers:

  • Nissan Stadium Lot N: 1 Titans Way, Nashville, Tennessee, 37213
  • Meharry Medical College: 918 21st Avenue N., Nashville, Tennessee 37208
  • Former Kmart parking lot: 2491 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, Tennessee 37217

Residents can also call the COVID-19 hotline at 615-862-7777 for more information.