COVID-19 testing site held in Durant on Friday

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DURANT, Okla. (KXII) - Bryan County had their first drive thru COVID-19 testing center open today, as dozens made their way to the Choctaw Casino to be screened.

Choctaw Nation Director of Emergency Management Jeff Hansen says 40 out of 100 tests were used Friday.

The Oklahoma State Health Department gave Bryan County those test kits, as part of the 10,000 the state was given by the federal government.

"We wanted to make sure that those who really needed the tests got the tests, so we were doing a doctors referral, and some significant guidelines from the CDC," said Bryan County Health Department Regional Director Julianne Montgomery.

Bryan County Emergency Management Director James Dalton says this pandemic response is something they have already planned ahead for.

"We had looked at pandemics, we had looked at bio-terrorism in the past as a remote possibility, and we had practiced doing it. Even though you don't want to think about it, we had at least envisioned it could be a possibility," said Dalton.

To be eligible for one of the free tests, you must be 18 or older, and have a fever of over 100.4 degrees with either a cough or shortness of breath.

Only one test is given per household.

Montgomery said if you missed your chance to get tested Friday, the state is encouraging health departments to get more people tested.

"Every day, starting Tuesday of next week, there will be testing available if people will call. They will be able to speak with one of our staff, and we'll schedule an appointment and get them tested," said Montgomery.

Hansen isn't ruling doing another drive thru test session out.

"We see numbers continue to increase, we may have to do another mobile testing," said Hansen.