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IMMY Labs Secures Funding For Free COVID-19 Testing Through December

The Norman City Council discusses concerns over CARES Act funding for free COVID-19 testing offered by IMMY Labs during a special session Tuesday, Dec. 1.
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The Norman City Council discusses concerns over CARES Act funding for free COVID-19 testing offered by IMMY Labs during a special session Tuesday, Dec. 1.

IMMY Labs will receive $5.8 million in CARES Act funding to continue free COVID-19 testing through December, according to a statement Thursday from the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

This comes after Norman Mayor Breea Clark said during a Norman City Council special session Tuesday IMMY was running out of the funding needed to continue free testing through the end of the year due to an increase in testing before Thanksgiving.

IMMY has administered more than 56,000 tests since Nov. 1.

“We are confident we will be able to continue testing at the levels needed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Oklahoma,” State Commissioner of Health Dr. Lance Frye said in the OSDH statement. “We urge Oklahomans to continue to get tested, especially if you plan to travel or gather with anyone outside of your household during the holiday season.”

Baylee Lakey, communications director for Governor Kevin Stitt, said the state is looking into other funding streams for testing heading into 2021.

Editor's Note: This story and headline were updated Thursday, Dec. 3 to reflect the change in funding for testing.

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Katelyn discovered her love for radio as a student employee at KGOU, graduating from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, and then working as a reporter and producer in 2021-22. Katelyn has completed internships at SiriusXM in New York City and at local news organizations such as The Journal Record and The Poteau Daily News. Katelyn served as president of the OU chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists from 2017 to 2020. She grew up in Midland, Texas.
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