State health department rolls out plans to test Oklahoma teachers for COVID-19

State health department rolls out plans to test Oklahoma teachers for COVID-19
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OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma State Department of Health rolled out its plan Friday to test teachers across the state for COVID-19.

The plan comes as several major school districts in the Tulsa area are heading back to school, or have already started classes.

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Enacted by an executive order from Gov. Kevin Stitt, the optional plan is meant to provide all teachers and support staff free COVID-19 testing in their areas with help from public-private testing partners.

Tests will be processed through the Oklahoma Public Health Lab Network and other state-contracted labs to ensure results will be provided in a timely manner.

“Testing plays a key role in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our schools,” said interim Health Commissioner Lance Frye, M.D.

“The Health Department has placed a top priority in helping schools navigate through these uncertain times to protect our children, our teachers and communities.”

OSDH says there will be more details about the plan to come.

Oklahomans can find a free testing location in their community here.

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Posted by Oklahoma State Department of Education on Monday, September 28, 2020