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Commissioner Cox calls for fewer restrictions on COVID-19 testing across the state

 


Commissioner of Health Gary Cox issued a letter notifying county health departments today that all COVID-19 testing centers and providers are to loosen requirements for Oklahomans to be tested.

“The state, to include the Oklahoma State Department of Health and Oklahoma State University, has supplies today to process 13,000 COVID-19 tests,” stated Commissioner Cox in the letter. “Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19, or those who have been in direct contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, may be tested this week.”

Gov. Kevin Stitt and Commissioner Cox are asking for anyone with symptoms of COVID 19 or those who have been in direct contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 to be administered a test this week.

In accordance with Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, COVID-19 symptoms must include fever of 100.4F, cough and shortness of breath.

“The state has partnered with six county health departments to open drive-through testing locations, and we are working on further expanding this model to more counties,” said Stitt. “The state encourages all health care providers and public health partners to expand the population of Oklahomans receiving tests. With increased supplies and expanded lab capabilities, the state is committed to generating more data, as transparently as possible, to combat the presence of COVID-19 in Oklahoma and to help save lives.”

The nearest COVID-19 testing sites are in Enid and Woodward:

Garfield County Health Department

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 3, 2020

Where: Chisolm Trail Expo Center, 111 W. Purdue, Enid, OK 73701

Contact: 580-233-0650

Criteria for testing at drive-through testing sites:

Must be 18 or older

Currently experiencing fever (>100.4 degrees F) AND cough or shortness of breath.

Woodward County Health Department

When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday & Friday, April 2-3, 2020

Where: Woodward County Event Center, 105A Temple Houston Dr, Woodward, OK

Contact: (580) 256-6416

Criteria for testing at drive-through testing sites:

Must be 18 or older

Currently experiencing fever (>100.4 degrees F) AND cough or shortness of breath.

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