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Oklahoma Aims To Improve COVID-19 Testing Turnaround Times

COVID-19 test result turnaround times could soon be shrinking, if the state Department of Health is successful in a new initiative it's calling Safer In Oklahoma.

At a Thursday press conference in Tulsa, interim state health commissioner Colonel Lance Frye said he wants to get results from state testing sites back to patients in 48-78 hours.

The health advisory also more strongly recommends Oklahomans wear masks, but does not require them.

"Those are not mandates," Frye said. "We're giving guidance and recommendations to people based on, basically the incidence of disease in their areas. So, just based on the map we're giving general guidance and recommendations."

Frye says the rate of new infections is trending in the right direction, but that it’s vital for Oklahomans to continue to be vigilant to try to prevent a resurgence of the virus.

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