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How are Covid-19 tests reported at OSU?

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In the early days of COVID-19, as the virus quickly swept across the globe, Oklahoma State University researchers rapidly mobilized to begin studying the pathogen. File photo.

After you’ve been swabbed and sent back home, what happens next? It’s a smaller journey than you would think. 

The whole process stays on campus. Your test travels mere minutes from the University Health Services’ testing site to the Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (OADDL) within the College of Veterinary Medicine.  

OADDL became a statewide Covid-19 testing lab in the spring to aid Oklahoma’s overall Covid testing. Now, it primarily serves the university, and within 48 to 72 hours your results will come to you in an email. 

University Health Services then take positive test results and report them in a system called PHIDDO, or the Public Health Investigation and Disease Detection of Oklahoma. This is the program used universally within the state for reporting all infectious diseases. 

PHIDDO allows communication between the university and the Payne County Health Department to maintain accurate numbers of coronavirus cases.