• Gena Hardy

COVID-19: Where SWOSU students can get tested

Updated: Oct 14, 2020

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By Gena Hardy

For The Southwestern

Although SWOSU began holding on-campus classes Aug. 17, the university does not have an on-campus COVID-19 testing site. This raises the question of where students can get tested if they are having symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19.

SWOSU students can get tested for COVID-19 in Weatherford and Clinton. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends students getting tested if they are showing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes.

“SWOSU students should report COVID test results to the Dean of Students office. If you test positive, the Dean of Students office will direct you,” Brian Adler, the SWOSU Vice President of Public Relations and Marketing said. “For example, if you live on campus, the Office of Res Life and Housing will work with you. If you live off campus, you will isolate. The Dean of Students can answer any questions.”

Testing is free at the Custer County Health Department with locations in both Weatherford and Clinton. They offer the polymerase chain reaction (PRC) test via nasal swab to detect COVID-19. Testing is offered by appointment only from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Monday through Friday. Test results come back within three to five business days depending on lab availability.

The Clinton Indian Health Center (CIHS) offers free drive-thru rapid testing for students with an Indian Health Service chart or those working for the tribe. Testing is 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Fridays, with same-day results from the Sofia rapid test (nasal swab). CIHS is at N. 2274 Road in Clinton. Other Indian Health Service locations include El Reno and Watonga.

Xpress Wellness in Weatherford offers both the PRC COVID-19 test and the Sofia rapid test. Students are encouraged to check in online at https://xpresswellnessurgentcare.com/online-check-in/. Tests are usually free with insurance, but there is an office fee of $135 for students without insurance. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Xpress Wellness is at 1303 N. Washington Ave. in Weatherford.

Finally, students can contact their local physicians or hospitals to set up an appointment for COVID-19 testing. Cost may vary depending on physician, hospital and insurance.

For information and questions, visit the CDC website at cdc.gov.

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