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Public Health Investigation – Situation Update 6

TULSA, OK – [April 4 2013, 5:40 p.m. CST] – 

Testing Clinic
As of 4:00 p.m. today, 176 people have presented for testing  for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV at the Tulsa Health Department’s special screening clinic at the North Regional Health and Wellness Center, 5635 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The clinic is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will be open this Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Following last week’s announcement regarding a public health investigation into the infection control practices of Tulsa oral surgeon W. Scott Harrington, about 1,700 persons have visited the clinic to be screened and have their blood drawn for testing.

Most people will be notified of their test results within approximately two weeks of blood draw. Patients who have given the health department permission to mail negative test results to their home will receive their results in the mail. Anyone who has a positive test result will be contacted personally by a health department representative and counseled about information specific to the disease for which the test was positive. The health department will also begin an individual case investigation in an effort to determine when and how the person became infected. Recommendations for testing of a spouse or partner will be made following the outcome of the case investigation.


Patient Information Hotline 
Anyone who was a patient at Dr. W. Scott Harrington’s dental practice should contact the hotline918-595-4500 to speak to a public health representative about testing for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV. English- and Spanish-speaking public health representatives will be available 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays.

The hotline has received 119 phone calls as of 4 p.m. The hotline has received 2,846 phone calls since the investigation was announced.

We will continue to provide situation updates on our website.

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