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By Paul Monies
Oklahoma Watch 

Staff shortages at Oklahoma's relocated Public Health Lab cause testing delays


February 21, 2021

(Oklahoma State Department of Health)

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, center holding scissors, and state cabinet secretaries pose during a Jan. 21 ribbon-cutting ceremony at the newly relocated state Public Health Lab in Stillwater.

Staff shortages and equipment transition for the relocated Public Health Lab in Stillwater have caused state health officials to outsource certain tests to private labs, and in some cases to a public health lab in Minnesota.

The move will cause delays between 24 to 48 hours for some microbiology tests, according to an email obtained by Oklahoma Watch and sent earlier this week by John Murray, the lab's acting administrative director.

Among the tests to be outsourced were those used for E.coli, meningitis and salmonella. The tests to be sent to Minnesota were those that involve infections...

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