The Tulsa Health Department and Oklahoma State Department of Health report one more case of Hepatitis C in the testing of patients and former patients of Dr. Harrington.
They report 74 patients have tested positive for hepatitis C, five for hepatitis B and three for HIV.
To date, 3,966 people have visited county health departments throughout the state to have their blood drawn for testing as part of this public health response.
An unknown number of persons have sought testing through private health care providers. The Oklahoma State Department of Health’s Public Health Laboratory completed testing for 4,051 persons as of 5:00 p.m. Wednesday.
The discrepancy is due to the lab also testing people from other states, private physicians and local county health departments.
THD also issued a reminder that the final day for former patients of the W. Scott Harrington’s dental surgical practice to receive free testing for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV infection will be Friday, June 28. While this is the last day for free screening clinics, the epidemiological investigation will continue.
In the Tulsa metropolitan area, screenings will continue weekdays through June 28 at the North Regional Health and Wellness Center, 5635 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Any former patient of the W. Scott Harrington’s dental surgical practice who received a notification letter in the mail and has not yet been tested is advised to call the North Regional Health and Wellness Center directly at (918) 595-4380 to schedule an appointment.
Current and former patients of the Harrington practice who live elsewhere in the state should contact their local county health department to make an appointment to have their blood drawn for testing before June 28.
Patients with negative test results who had dental procedures in the Harrington clinic between Sept. 20, 2012, and March 20, 2013, were recommended to return for follow-up testing at least six months past the last dental clinic date at the Harrington practice. Those patients will still receive follow-up testing at no cost. Screenings after June 28 will be provided Monday-Thursdays by appointment only.
Further information on the screenings and results from this public health response will be included in Situation Updates issued regularly by the Tulsa Health Department tulsa-health.org
and Oklahoma State Department of Health health.ok.gov