The Tennessee Department of Health announced Thursday the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Cocke County has climbed to three, however, the county has not reported any deaths.

As the number of coronavirus cases increase, officials of the Cocke County and Newport school systems announced Thursday schools will be closed at least through Friday, May 1.

Beginning Monday, April 13, COVID-19 testing will be available at the Cocke County Health Department, as a drive through site, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until noon, by appointment only. Individuals who believe they may have been exposed to the virus should call 423-623-8733 to complete an assessment with health department personnel. Individuals who qualify for a test will be given an appointment for testing at no charge.