A metro lab is holding free drive-thru COVID-19 testing with results in two days or less.
IMMY Labs and the Oklahoma State Department of Health have teamed up to make testing free for anyone who signs up for an appointment. The tests will be paid for through money received by the state from the CARES Act.
Hundreds turned out Sunday to tested being done at Rose State College in Midwest City and IMMY Lab headquarters located in Norman.
“It is supposed to be simple,” IMMY Labs President and CEO Sean Bauman said. “If it’s not simple and fast and accurate, then we are not fulfilling what we are meant to do. We’re really trying to make this easy for everyone to get a test.”
Signing up is as easy as heading online, selecting a time, location and filling out a 3-minute questionnaire. Patients will receive an e-mail once results are complete to a secure portal.
Bauman said testing is still important.
“If you’re going to be around individuals that are immunosuppressed or are at risk for some reason, that are in those high-risk categories, it’s important to know whether you are positive or not so that you can avoid being around those individuals,” Bauman said.
Complaints have been heard statewide of lagging test result times, something IMMY Labs can do something about.
“We control the process from the beginning to the end,” Bauman said. “If we start to see that our lab is getting backed up, what we will do is cut down the number of swabs that we’ll do, the number of appointments that we will allow in the upcoming days.”
Hundreds of positive COVID-19 cases continue to be reported every day in Oklahoma. As long as there is a need for it, testing will be available.
“A lot of these nurses are getting really good at performing this swab procedure,” Bauman said.
“It’s really pretty fast, lasts about 10 seconds and then you are off.”
Free COVID-19 testing days are scheduled across the metro coming up including Edmond, Oklahoma City, Yukon and Stillwater.
Visit IMMY Labs’ website to see availability and schedule an appointment.