What is the testing process for COVID-19?

A patient is first evaluated by a physician to determine their health status. If the physician feels testing is warranted, they then work in conjunction with the local Wichita Falls - Wichita County Public Health District to assess if that patient has met the criteria set forth by the Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

Final approval for testing must be received from DSHS. If that is approved, the lab specimen is overnighted to Tarrant County LRN lab. Based on current lab capacity, results are typically received within two to four days. If DSHS does not approve testing, and the physician still feels that it is warranted, they can choose to test through a commercial laboratory.

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