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Currently people who want to get tested for the coronavirus just to ease their mind are out of luck.

The Oklahoma State Health Department has limited number of testing kits to test everybody.

But if a person is showing symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, including fever, cough and or shortness of breath as well as possible exposure to a known infected person or area, they should consult with their doctor.

The state Health Department is now following the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for testing which stipulate that doctors can use their best judgement to order testing for a patient they suspect has the virus.

Acquiring a sample from a suspected sick patient typically involves taking a swab from deep in a patient's nasal cavity to collect cells from the back of the nose.

The sample is then sent to a lab, where it will be tested to determine if the patient's cells are infected with the virus. The same process is used to collect a sample from a patient who is tested for flu.

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<strong>In this Monday, March 2, 2020, file photo, microbiologist Xiugen Zhang runs a Polymerase Chain Reaction, or PCR, test at the Connecticut State Public Health Laboratory, in Rocky Hill, Conn. [AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File]</strong>

In this Monday, March 2, 2020, file photo, microbiologist Xiugen Zhang runs a Polymerase Chain Reaction, or PCR, test at the Connecticut State Public Health Laboratory, in Rocky Hill, Conn. [AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File]

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[AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-c45762ca7aef68c6dfb11ffb11ef229d.jpg" alt="Photo - All games in the state high school basketball tournament were postponed due to the new coronavirus, at Jim Norick Arena, The Big House, at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Thursday, March 12, 2020. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]" title="All games in the state high school basketball tournament were postponed due to the new coronavirus, at Jim Norick Arena, The Big House, at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Thursday, March 12, 2020. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>All games in the state high school basketball tournament were postponed due to the new coronavirus, at Jim Norick Arena, The Big House, at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Thursday, March 12, 2020. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-f47289187aee729762751e282132fbf6.jpg" alt="Photo - A sign announces the postponement of the state high school basketball tournament due to the new coronavirus, at Jim Norick Arena, The Big House, at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Thursday, March 12, 2020. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]" title="A sign announces the postponement of the state high school basketball tournament due to the new coronavirus, at Jim Norick Arena, The Big House, at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Thursday, March 12, 2020. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>A sign announces the postponement of the state high school basketball tournament due to the new coronavirus, at Jim Norick Arena, The Big House, at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Thursday, March 12, 2020. 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[Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Jimmy Gibson, of Tulsa, Okla., reads a sign announcing the postponement of the state high school basketball tournament due to the new coronavirus, at Jim Norick Arena, The Big House, at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Thursday, March 12, 2020. Gibson drove to Oklahoma City to see Sequoyah (Tahlequah) play in the Class 3A state basketball tournament. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-3b2b22158762b1e8dcfe51b34555b5be.jpg" alt="Photo - Students are silhouetted after school outside of Northwest Classen High School n Oklahoma City, Thursday, March 12, 2020. Oklahoma City Pubic Schools will be closed Friday, March 13, due to the new coronavirus before starting spring break the following week. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]" title="Students are silhouetted after school outside of Northwest Classen High School n Oklahoma City, Thursday, March 12, 2020. 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[Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title="A school bus arrive at Del City High School in Del City, Okla. on Thursday, March 12, 2020. Utah Jazz player Donovan Mitchell who tested positive for the coronavirus had a workout session at the school on Tuesday evening. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>A school bus arrive at Del City High School in Del City, Okla. on Thursday, March 12, 2020. Utah Jazz player Donovan Mitchell who tested positive for the coronavirus had a workout session at the school on Tuesday evening. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-d8e55215d44f81b5fb046fadeac25cd8.jpg" alt="Photo - A student leaves Del City High School in Del City, Okla. on Thursday, March 12, 2020. Utah Jazz player Donovan Mitchell who tested positive for the coronavirus had a workout session at the school on Tuesday evening. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title="A student leaves Del City High School in Del City, Okla. on Thursday, March 12, 2020. Utah Jazz player Donovan Mitchell who tested positive for the coronavirus had a workout session at the school on Tuesday evening. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>A student leaves Del City High School in Del City, Okla. on Thursday, March 12, 2020. Utah Jazz player Donovan Mitchell who tested positive for the coronavirus had a workout session at the school on Tuesday evening. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-c85823bd14cc0b58a8bebd57660e5ed7.jpg" alt="Photo - A school bus passes Del City High School in Del City, Okla. on Thursday, March 12, 2020. Utah Jazz player Donovan Mitchell who tested positive for the coronavirus had a workout session at the school on Tuesday evening. 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[Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title="Signs hang on the door at Yukon High School announcing the cancelation of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association state basketball playoff games at the school in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 12, 2020. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Signs hang on the door at Yukon High School announcing the cancelation of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association state basketball playoff games at the school in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 12, 2020. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-0a0223dadfc0268c621f138c754656ea.jpg" alt="Photo - Signs hang on the door at Yukon High School announcing the cancelation of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association state basketball playoff games at the school in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 12, 2020. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title="Signs hang on the door at Yukon High School announcing the cancelation of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association state basketball playoff games at the school in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 12, 2020. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Signs hang on the door at Yukon High School announcing the cancelation of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association state basketball playoff games at the school in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 12, 2020. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-b74c867a1ef18a049872417663c1f293.jpg" alt="Photo - Yukon High School's John Paul Esparza takes down parking signs as he goes through the doors where signs hang on the door at Yukon High School announcing the cancelation of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association state basketball playoff games at the school in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 12, 2020. 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Adam Kemp

Adam Kemp is a news and health reporter for The Oklahoman. He grew up in Oklahoma City before attending Oklahoma State University. Read more ›

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