Roane County Health Department announces Faster COVID-19 testing results

A nurse administers a test at a drive-through COVID-19 coronavirus testing station.

From the County Executives office an update on COVID-19 from Monday. Roane County now has 88 positive cases with 39 active cases. 6,486 people have been tested. The Roane County Health Department receives notifications as the test results are made available and the current results from July 3 – 5 testing. Testing results are currently 8- 10 days after the
testing. That being said , any impact of July 4th activities are just beginning to reflect in Roane County s data.

According to the Health Department, beginning later this week, the new test given should have a turnaround time of 24 – 48 hours. Based on both backlog data just now coming in and new test results available sooner, we should see another spike in positives. The biggest spike in positives still will be because the spread of the virus. All County buildings require a mask to enter with some limited exceptions. We encourage all businesses to have similar requirements.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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