A slow down in the demand for COVID-19 testing is allowing for quicker scheduling and shorter test result turnaround times.
The Tulsa Health Department announced Monday that same- or next-day appointments have been available the past couple weeks and that results are received on average within three business days.
“The Tulsa Health Department offers specimen collection for COVID-19 testing in north and south Tulsa to provide convenient access for community residents,” said Leanne Stephens, public information officer for THD. “There is no cost for testing, and it’s easy to quickly make an appointment.”
Call 918-582-9355 to schedule an appointment for a free COVID-19 test in Tulsa County. Stephens said THD plans to soon launch a digital platform for test scheduling, results and contact tracing.
Dr. Dale Bratzler, chief quality officer at OU Medicine, in late July said there had been a “fairly drastic increase” in the number of tests performed during the prior several weeks in Oklahoma.
Bratzler said some of the labs — particularly out of state — had issues with personnel or reagents to run the tests that led to some delays of seven to 10 days.