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What you need to know: Tulsa health experts answer questions about COVID-19

Posted at 8:02 PM, Jul 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-17 10:54:18-04

TULSA, Okla. — 2 Works for You is getting answers to your questions about COVID-19.

One question: Does your employer have to tell you if another employee tests positive for the coronavirus?

Leanne Stephens, the marketing and communications director with the Tulsa Health Department, said it depends.

"It's really important to remember the way that people are determined to be at risk of exposure," Stephens said. "And so, those would only be the individuals who were in close prolonged contact with a confirmed case. And that may not mean that the entire workplace could be at risk of exposure. Coordinate to be notified all businesses to review their policies to determine how they will like to notify their workforce of a potential exposure."

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This question came from our Problem Solvers Hotline. Stephanie said she had trouble finding a testing site that is not booked up and needs to be tested. Why is it so hard to find a test and why does it take so long to get the results?

"At this time in Tulsa County, again, there are a multitude of resources for testing for COVID-19," Stephens said. "We do maintain a list of those locations on our website. For the public resources, of course doctors offices, hospital and healthcare systems are offering testing as well. For anyone who would like to be tested by the Tulsa Health Department, you can call our main phone number and schedule an appointment to be tested. We are offering testing by appointment only and your results will be received within five to seven days."

Stephens said she can only speak to the Tulsa Health Department, but many labs are inundated with testing specimens and there may be a lag time because of demand.

Muriel Baily wrote into KJRH. She asked if a person is tested several times, does that up the cases several times or just one for that person?

"I appreciate you asking me about the number of times that someone tested and the number of times that they would be counted, because that's a really important distinction," Stephens said. "And we know that some people do test positive more than once, but they are only ever counted the one time."

For more information about COVID-19, visit the Tulsa Health Department's website.

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