Choctaw Nation COVID-19 Test Site to Close

McALESTER, Okla. – The Choctaw Nation Health Services Authority (CNHSA) has announced that its COVID-19 drive-through test site in McAlester will close at noon Friday, May 15.

“Dwindling patient requests and the resumption of our regular clinical hours and operations have brought an end to the need for the drive-through service,” said Todd Hallmark, executive officer of Health, Choctaw Nation Health Services.

 CNHSA launched the drive-through COVID-19 testing program free to the general public at its McAlester Clinic, 1127 S. George Nigh Expressway, on April 20. Hours on the final day, Friday, will be 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Screening takes place outside of the facility to reduce potential exposure to other patients and staff. Inclement weather conditions, such as this week’s expected heavy rains, could result in early closure of the site. Before visiting, patients may want to call ahead to the McAlester Clinic’s dedicated COVID-19 Call Center, (918) 567-7003.

Photo by Deidre K. Elrod / Choctaw Nation

Choctaw Nation Health Services Authority (CNHSA) has offered drive-through COVID-19 testing to the public since Monday, April 20 at the Choctaw Nation Health Clinic in McAlester. Drive-through testing will close at noon Friday, May 15.

 

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CNO Global Pandemic notice:

Due to the Emergency Declarations of Chief Batton, the President of the United States, and health authorities in response to the global pandemic, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma (CNO) has enacted several measures. CNO has canceled or postponed large public gatherings, temporarily closed Casinos & Resorts, Head Starts, daycares and other childcare facilities, and modified operations at other businesses and health services. The Choctaw Nation continues to monitor the latest information from health authorities and experts. CNO remains in communication with state health officials to ensure that appropriate steps are taken for the safety and wellbeing of our tribal members, associates, vendors, guests, and our communities.

 

About The Choctaw Nation

The Choctaw Nation is the third-largest Indian Nation in the United States with nearly 200,000 tribal members and more than 10,000 employees. The first tribe over the Trail of Tears, the historic boundaries are in the southeast corner of Oklahoma. The Choctaw Nation’s vision, “Living out the Chahta Spirit of faith, family and culture,” is evident as it continues to focus on providing opportunities for growth and prosperity. For more information about the Choctaw Nation, its culture, heritage and traditions, please go to www.choctawnation.com.