ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - Several dozen people came by the Ardmore Convention Center Thursdayf or drive-thru COVID-19 testing after the Carter County Health Department received 150 test kits on Wednesday.
Regional Director Mendy Spohn said her staff had about 14 hours notice to prepare the testing center
That included organizing traffic flow with the help of Ardmore police and fire departments.
"We're so proud of our partners," Spohn said. "They had it set up and ready. We've been practicing an event like this for 20 years and so we feel like we were prepared and ready to get that going."
The event began at 10 a.m. Thursday, but cars were lined up before 7.
The qualifications for testing were the person had to be a resident of Oklahoma, 18 or older and have a fever greater than 100.4 degrees with either a cough or shortness of breath.
106 of the 150 test kits were used Thursday, part of 10,000 given to the state last week by the federal government.
"We're using today as kind of a gauge on what we need to plan for in other communities," Spohn said. "And that's something that we're going to work on today throughout the planning. We'll have some information for other communities next week."
The tests from the drive-thru location will be sent to a laboratory at Oklahoma State University to be processed.
Spohn said those tested will be notified of their results within 24 to 48 hours.
"If you do have a positive test, that does not necessarily change your treatment course because most people will be able to take care of themselves at home with over the counter medications," Spohn said. "The only time they need to seek out medical intervention is when those symptoms become severe."
The remaining test kits will be used by appointment at the Carter County Health Department starting Friday.
The requirements to get a test by appointment are the same as the drive-thru.