Oklahoma Seeks To Expand COVID-19 Testing And Contact Tracing

May 1, 2020

Governor Kevin Stitt and the state health department want to conduct another 90,000 COVID-19 tests in May.

In a press conference on Thursday, Oklahoma State Department of Health commissioner Gary Cox says the governor wants all Oklahomans who need COVID-19 tests to be able to get them even if they have no symptoms.

Cox says contact tracing is equally important. More than 150 health department staff are tracking down people who have contact with anyone that tests positive for COVID-19. They encourage them to isolate themselves from others. The state plans to eventually recruit up to 1,000 contact tracers.

Stitt announced the federal government has provided $1.2 billion in federal emergency funds and the state is deploying protective equipment to hospitals, nursing homes and first responders around the state.