Demand For COVID-19 Testing On The Rise In Oklahoma

Monday, July 6th 2020, 5:32 pm
By: Karl Torp

The demand to get a COVID-19 test has skyrocketed in the Oklahoma City metro area.

First Med Urgent Care clinics, which offer rapid COVID-19 tests, stopped taking walk-in patients at all five of its locations Monday afternoon.

The Oklahoma City-County Health Department has set up a hotline.

The department said it usually gets 300 calls a day.

But over the last two weeks that number has grown to 800 calls with people worried about exposure.

“I was at a bar. I was a restaurant. Somebody was coughing, I think I have been exposed,” said OCCHD Chief of Government Affairs L'Toya Knighten about the types of calls coming into the hotline.

The Oklahoma City-County Health Department is expanding testing hours at its two locations, now 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each weekday by appointment.

The two testing locations are 2600 NE 63rd Street and 6728 S. Hudson Ave.

The OCCHD hotline number is 405-425-4489.