As COVID-19 numbers increase and demand for testing goes up after the holidays, Oklahoma State Department of Health announced this week local county health departments will extend testing availability and hours.

This includes the Stephens County Health Department, which has increased access to PCR testing. Rapid tests, however, are not available at this time, but test results can be accessed electronically within 24 to 72 hours of testing.

Testing also includes weekends at the Stephens County Health Department, which will have extended availability on Sunday, Jan. 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Department. located at 1401 Bois D’Arc Ave, Duncan.

According to OSDH, appointments “are strongly recommended” and can be made online at https://osdh.immytech.com. Participants will need to stay in their vehicle and wear a mask until advised to remove it for the test.

Chris Munn, Interim Regional Administrative Director for OSDH District 8, which includes Stephens County, said as cases and hospitalizations are rising throughout Oklahoma, “it is especially important to get vaccinated, wear masks, watch distancing, wash hands, and stay home when feeling sick” and “it is recommended to get tested if experiencing any symptoms and/or five days after a possible exposure.”

“PCR tests provide the most accurate results, and allow the Public Health Lab to conduct variant sequencing to monitor the evolving situation in our state,” Munn said.

For additional information about COVID-19 testing, contact the local county health department at 580-252-0270 or call the 211 hotline.

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