Gov. Stitt issues executive order to allow OU, OSU labs to conduct COVID-19 testing

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OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt issued an amendment to an executive order on Saturday that allows University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University labs to conduct COVID-19 testing.

The amendment also allows nurses with inactive licenses to quickly get re-certified and  practice regardless of tax-compliant status.

Prescriptions of chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine will also be limited to ensure there is enough for patients who need it the most.

“Due to this rapidly evolving situation, it is critical we continue to remain responsive and proactive in order to protect the health and safety of all 4 million Oklahomans,” Stitt said. “By equipping our nurses and universities with these flexibilities and protecting access to critical medications, we will be able to continue to effectively respond to the needs of Oklahomans as a result of COVID-19.”

In light of this evening’s executive order signed by Gov. Kevin Stitt to allow COVID-19 testing at Oklahoma’s public research universities, Oklahoma State University and our Center for Health Sciences are committed to supporting the initiatives of our state to combat the spread of COVID-19. Our researchers, physicians and administrators are united to use our extensive research and medical expertise to protect the health and well-being of Oklahomans. We are in this together, and together we will navigate successfully through this public health crisis. We are proud to do our part at OSU.

Burns Hargis, President of Oklahoma State University

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