Wilson County relocates COVID-19 testing to fairgrounds; vaccinations to follow as numbers climb

Tonya Holland of Shoppes on the Square poses for a portrait Tuesday, March 16, 2021, in Lebanon, Tenn.
Tonya Holland of Shoppes on the Square poses for a portrait Tuesday, March 16, 2021, in Lebanon, Tenn.

Wilson County moved its COVID-19 testing location back to the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon effective on Tuesday.

The Wilson County Health Department will also transition vaccinations to the Ward Agricultural Center starting Monday.

The changes are "to better accommodate the increasing number of individuals that want to get tested and vaccinated," according to an email on the updated plan for COVID-19 services from the health department.

There were 145 people tested for COVID-19 on Tuesday at the fairgrounds, Wilson County Public Health Director Adalberto Valdez said. The county typically administered 80-90 tests when it was at College Hills Church of Christ in Lebanon.

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The county recently moved testing from the church to the Wilson County Health Department, but that location did not have room for the growing need, Valdez said.

“We foresee the numbers increasing and we want to establish better services for the community,” Valdez said.

The Ward Agricultural Center, also known as the Wilson County Fairgrounds, is located at 945 E. Baddour Parkway, Lebanon.

This week

  • Testing will be conducted from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Monday-Friday. Tests can be administered with residents still in their vehicle. Walk-ups can also be tested. Appointments are not required.

  • COVID-19 vaccines are offered at the health department by appointment only from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., during the week. Appointments can be scheduled by calling

    615-444-5325, online at vaccines.gov, and in-person. Same-day vaccine appointments cannot be scheduled.

Starting next week

In addition to COVID-19 testing, vaccinations will be at the fairgrounds on Monday. No appointments for either will be required. Both testing and vaccinations can be done as a drive-thru event. Times are:

  • Vaccinations: 8:30a.m.-10:30 a.m.

  • Testing: 12:30p.m.-3 p.m.

Free self-test kits will also be available at the fairgrounds and at the Wilson County Health Department at 927 E. Baddour Parkway, Lebanon.

Reach Andy Humbles at ahumbles@tennessean.com or 615-726-5939 and on Twitter @ AndyHumbles.

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