Norman Mayor Breea Clark said Thursday is the last day IMMY Labs will have enough money to provide free COVID-19 testing to residents.
IMMY Labs said it’s been able to provide free COVID-19 testing to dozens of communities thanks to funding from the State Department of Health. The state said that funding comes from the Federal CARES Act, which is expected to run out by the end of the year.
Mayor Clark and the state said just within the last 10 days, IMMY labs ran 32,000 test before and after Thanksgiving.
“Now that we’re after the holidays and we’re anticipating a spike,” said Mayor Clark during a Norman City Council Special Session. “We’re now facing no free testing for our residents.”
The Mayor said it could cost more than $2 million to continue free testing through the end of this month.
The Cleveland County health department said it can't handle the testing demand if IMMY can't help.
The state said it's looking for other ways to pay for testing, including having private insurance companies pay for their client's tests.
IMMY Labs said it's also exploring other options.
No word if this is only happening at the Norman location. It’s website still shows free testing at its other offices.