Covid Testing Options

We know that arranging a test for Covid can be a challenge at this time.  Some of our parents are connected to medical groups or a lab and shared these resources with us.


Galen Medical Group  
Several of our parents work for Galen and shared these additional COVID-19 testing options.
Here are the details (as of SEPT 2021, so may be subject to change)
•    Call Galen’s COVID-19 hotline at 423-618-9006 for an appointment. 
•    You DO NOT have to be a Galen patient in order to receive testing.
•    24 hour turnaround time on PCR testing.
•    Nasal swab testing is conveniently done from the comfort of your car
•    Two locations for drive-thru testing


Galen East Location
1651 Gunbarrel Rd.,  Chattanooga, TN 37421
Hours at this location are:
Monday – Friday:  8:00 am – 5:00pm  (closed 2pm-3pm)
*Follow signage to the testing facility located at the back of the building.


Galen Hixson Location
4976 Alpha Ln,  Hixson, TN 37343
Hours at this location are:
Monday – Friday:  8:00 am – 5:00pm  (closed 2pm-3pm)
Saturday: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm;  Sunday: 1:00pm-4:00pm


Athena Esoterix Lab
One of our parents, Dr. Elizabeth Forrester, is on the cutting edge of research and testing related to Covid.  Elizabeth has offered to provide at-home testing kits that can be picked up and then sent to her lab with the school as the intermediary.  The school currently has a modest supply of kits available and arrangements for pick-up/delivery can be made if it’s during regular school hours.

This is an RT-PCR test using an at-home, saliva collection device. 
A consent form would be included with each kit if the test is for a student.  By signing consent, the school would receive results directly in addition to parents receiving results via text message and email. 

Registration and payment are made online through the Athena website.  

NEW!  Athena Esoterix can now bill insurance and even accept uninsured patients. Since exposure testing is covered, there will be $0 upfront cost.  Individuals will just need to provide additional information once a test is submitted. 

The link for registering and payment is below:
COVID-19 At-Home test registration - Athena Esoterix


Elizabeth’s information is the following: 


ST NICHOLAS SCHOOL 7525 Min Tom Drive | Chattanooga, Tennessee 37421 | ph: (423).899.1999 | fax: (423).899.0109 | [email protected]