Oklahomans looking to get tested for COVID-19 before Thanksgiving gatherings

Oklahomans looking to get tested for COVID-19 before Thanksgiving gatherings
Nov. 24, 2020 - FOX23 stopped by the Axis Healthcare Urgent Care and Wellness Clinic near 121st and South Memorial in Bixby. The clinic director told FOX23 they've been offering drive up testing for two weeks now, but it only got busy these last few days as people wanted to know if they had COVID so they could figure out their Thanksgiving plans. (FOX23)

TULSA, Okla. — Dozens, if not hundreds of people, in the Tulsa metro are getting tested for COVID-19 ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.

For two days now, FOX23 has seen drive up testing lines where the wait at minimum to be seen is 45 minutes at off-peak times.

People are flocking to places that offer next-day test results so they can find out if they are healthy enough to be around their friends and family for the upcoming holiday.

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On Monday, lines flooded out of the parking lot of Tulsa ER & Hospital where the wait time was about an hour in the middle of the day.

It's about an hour's wait for a COVID-19 test at Tulsa ER & Hospital this afternoon. Local coronavirus updates >>> https://bit.ly/3fdC3BH

Posted by FOX23 News on Monday, November 23, 2020

FOX23 stopped by the Axis Healthcare Urgent Care and Wellness Clinic near 121st and South Memorial in Bixby on Tuesday. The clinic director told FOX23 they’ve been offering drive-up testing for two weeks now, but it only got busy these last few days as people wanted to know if they had COVID-19 so they could figure out their Thanksgiving plans.

Axis has its own lab that provides next day results. This is not a rapid test.

At times, the wait for the clinic has stretched across the shopping center parking lot.

Nov. 24, 2020 - FOX23 stopped by the Axis Healthcare Urgent Care and Wellness Clinic near 121st and South Memorial in Bixby. The clinic director told FOX23 they've been offering drive up testing for two weeks now, but it only got busy these last few days as people wanted to know if they had COVID so they could figure out their Thanksgiving plans.
Nov. 24, 2020 - FOX23 stopped by the Axis Healthcare Urgent Care and Wellness Clinic near 121st and South Memorial in Bixby. The clinic director told FOX23 they've been offering drive up testing for two weeks now, but it only got busy these last few days as people wanted to know if they had COVID so they could figure out their Thanksgiving plans. (FOX23)

FOX23 spoke with one man who was getting himself, his wife, and his two young children tested at the same time. Not only did they want to see if they were healthy for the upcoming holiday, but the man had five coworkers test positive for COVID-19 and his workplace shut down for the day to clean and let people get tested.

He said while he felt like it was just an illness like the flu, it’s something he’d rather have himself and his family avoid if he could.

Many places require an appointment on their apps or website before you show up so your paperwork can already be processed by the time you arrive, but with so many reserving any available slot, the wait and still be between 40 minutes to an hour.