Medical guidelines, supply shortages limit coronavirus testing in Knox County

in Health & Wellness/People

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Many people are questioning why it seems so difficult to be tested for COVID-19 in Knox County and other parts of East Tennessee.

Dr. Martha Buchanan, Director of the Knox County Health Department, address those concerns at a press conference on Thursday.

First, Buchanan said, is that there are medical guidelines that must be followed. That’s the case with any medical test, and it’s no different for COVID-19.

Patients must meet medical guidelines to be tested. Those include relevant symptoms like fever, coughing and shortness of breath.

Health officials have also said that where a person has traveled may also increase the need for them to be tested.

Continue Reading on WBIR