With demand for COVID testing still high, use caution when looking for options


NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WTVF) – After days of long lines of cars, the COVID testing and vaccination site off 28th Avenue in Nashville is empty with tents covered in snow. This is the third consecutive day of closures following the recent winter weather. An official from the Office of Emergency Management said: “In addition, the parking lot is affected by the same snow and ice that has affected the roads in the past few days.

But the demand for COVID testing has not gone away.

“Especially since the onset of the Omicron virus what we are hearing from the FDA is a significant increase in test requests and therefore for the scammers it is an invitation to understand how you can land on their site instead of something legitimate, ”said Robyn Householder, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Middle TN.

Whether it’s through automated calls, text messages, or pop-up ads, scammers are looking to take advantage of the opportunity.

“One of the reasons you get these pop-up ads or you get information on social media is that they proactively track the types of things you review and return information to you for what they think you are. want, “said the master of the house.

So if you get an offer for a test from a name you don’t recognize, do your research. “Don’t respond to something that hasn’t been requested from someone you don’t know and, quite frankly, since it’s about your own health, the best place to start is to see your own doctor.” , said Householder.

As for the Meharry drive-thru sites off 28th Avenue and Murfreesboro Road, they are expected to resume operations as usual on Monday. In addition, people will be able to visit the 28th Avenue site on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the month of January.


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