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Oklahoma Begins In-State Testing for Coronavirus

Posted at 2:22 PM, Mar 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 15:38:08-04

According to a statement released by the Tulsa Health Department, "The Public Health Laboratory at the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) has confirmed persons tested from Tulsa County are negative for COVID-19. The state’s lab began in-state testing Friday and will continue to test as specimens are received from health care providers in the state. Results from future testing will be updated here."

The state of Oklahoma now has the capability to test samples in state with a turn around time for most samples at 24-72 hours.

Public health officials are urging citizens practice common infection control measures like hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when individuals feel sick.

The CDC advises against all non-essential travel to China, South Korea, Italy and Iran.

Travelers returning from these countries should self-isolate for 14 days and report any signs and symptoms to a health care provider. All cruise travel to and within Asia should be avoided.

If you have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread and you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call the Tulsa Health Department 918-582-WELL (9355) or your health care provider for recommendations.

Common signs and symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Anyone who has concerns about signs or symptoms should contact their health care provider in advance before arriving at a clinic or hospital.

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