COVID-19 Testing and Mask Resources

How do I get a COVID-19 test?

Testing is available to all Nashville residents at no cost.

Call the Metro Public Health COVID-19 Information Hotline – 615-862-7777, 7 a.m-7 p.m. daily – to speak with a representative about your symptoms.

If needed, you will be directed to a Metro Community Assessment Center for testing.

All three Community Assessment Centers will operate during the following times:




Community Assessment Centers: 

  • Nissan Stadium, Lot “N,” 501 S 2nd St., Nashville, TN 37213
  • Meharry Medical College, 918 21st Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37217
  • Former Kmart, 2491 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37217

Please note: These assessment resources are in addition to assessments already provided by health care facilities across the metropolitan area.

What can I expect at the Metro Assessment Sites?

All of Metro’s Community Assessment Centers offer drive-thru testing, so you do not have to get out of your car. Health care providers will come to your car to complete your assessment and, if necessary, your COVID-19 test.

What is the COVID-19 test like?

The test for COVID-19 is a nasal swab that gathers cells from the nasopharyngeal region. The test takes about 10 seconds from start to finish.

After the test is complete, patients will receive information from their provider as to how results can be accessed.

How long will I have to wait at a Metro Assessment Center?

Wait times will depend upon the number of community members at each site, but lines may be long.

We appreciate your patience as we work to assess all who are seeking care.

Public Health Order 8: Cloth Face Coverings or Masks 

Public Health Order 8 requires cloth face coverings or masks to be worn in Nashville and Davidson County.

Mask Guidance and FAQs


    1. a) Businesses or facilities open to the public shall post conspicuous signage at all public entrances stating to the effect: “Dear Customers/Visitors, Pursuant to Order 8 from the Chief Medical Director of Health for the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, you are REQUIRED to wear a cloth face covering or mask while in this business/facility. This will help PROTECT our EMPLOYEES and EACH OTHER.”

Metro Nashville has developed the following face-covering request signs as a free resource for business owners and operators. The signs, available in English and Spanish, should be placed at the entrance of all establishments.

Orden 8 de Salud Pública requiere el uso de máscara o cobertura de nariz y boca en Nashville y Davidson County.

De la Orden de Salud Pública:

  1. A) Todos los negocios e instalaciones deberán de tener avisos visibles al público en TODAS sus entradas que digan: “Estimados clientes/visitantes, de acuerdo con la Orden 8 del Director Médico del Departamento de Salud de Metro Nashville, el uso de máscara o cobertura de nariz y boca es OBLIGATORIO dentro de nuestras instalaciones. Estas medidas ayudan a proteger tanto a nuestros empleados como a nuestros visitantes.”

Metro Nashville ha desarrollado estos avisos como un recurso gratuito para negocios y sus usuarios. Estos avisos están disponibles en Inglés y Español, y deberán de estar visibles a la entrada de todos los establecimientos.

Make Masks for Nashville’s Public Workers

Are you looking to help the city in its response to COVID-19? Nashville’s essential city workers need you!

Mayor Cooper is calling on Nashville residents to create and donate homemade masks for essential city employees, including bus drivers, sanitation workers, utilities staff and more. These individuals are keeping our city running for us. Let’s make sure we help keep them safe!

Please drop donations at:

The Community Resource Center

218 Omohundro Pl, Nashville, TN 37210.

10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. 

Be sure to snap a photo of your sewing crew as you make these essential homemade masks and post on social media with #NashvilleStrongStory.

Thank you for your service!


How to Make a No-Sew Face Covering

A significant numbers of people with COVID-19 do not show any symptoms. Yet they can still transmit the virus. The CDC recommends all individuals wear face coverings in public settings where social distancing is hard to maintain, such as the grocery store.

Instructions for no-sew face coverings can be found here.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for health care workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.