Purcell is one of six metro locations where drive-up COVID-19 testing is available.

That’s the word from SSM Health Medical Group, who reports they are welcoming new and existing patients to take advantage of the convenience.

Nasal swab testing and blood antibody testing are available with an appointment.

The location of the Purcell drive-up testing is in the parking lot outside Dr. Bryan Dye’s office on the northeast side of Purcell Municipal Hospital.

Patients wishing to make an appointment should call 405 218-2583.

Patients should call 527-5400 when they arrive outside Dr. Dye’s office to let staff know they are on the premises.

Nasal swab tests help identify active cases of COVID, whether or not patients are exhibiting symptoms.

A swab is inserted briefly to the back of the nose and throat to sample for the virus in that area.

It is considered a safe and effective way to learn if a person is currently infected and may spread the virus to others, so they may limit their activity and help prevent further spread in the community.

A blood antibody test helps identify if an individual has had COVID-19 or has been exposed to the infection in the past.

While experts do not know at this time how much immunity this confers to a person or how long potential immunity will last, this information can help answer those questions in the future.

Testing is widely covered by health insurance carriers and patients are encouraged to verify their personal coverage prior to testing.

Although a referral is not required, testing is offered by appointment, also.

Testing at Dr. Dye’s office, 1500 N. Green Avenue is scheduled for 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

In addition to Purcell, SSM Health Medical Group drive-up testing sites include Oklahoma City, Midwest City, Mustang, Pauls Valley and Shawnee.

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