As the White House illustrated this weekend — COVID-19 isn't over. Now, the city is making it easier than ever for residents to receive a free test for the novel coronavirus at locations across San Antonio.
Beginning Monday, October 5, the City of San Antonio is now expanding its free testing operations to include asymptomatic individuals. The service will operate a soft launch with limited hours at three area locations this week before making it available daily on October 12.
Though today's window has already closed, the pilot is offering two more chances for free screenings during the soft launch:
- Tuesday, October 6, 10-11 am — Ramirez Community Center, 1011 Gillette Blvd.
- Wednesday, October 7, 9-10 am — Freeman Coliseum, 3201 E. Houston St.
Appointments for the October 7 testing site at Freeman Coliseum require an appointment. Call 830-391-8559 or go online schedule a time
Beginning Monday, October 12, residents will be able to receive the free test during normal operation hours and regardless of symptoms. Previously, the city required those getting a test to have some indicator (fever, dry cough, chills, etc.) in order to access the free PCR nasal swab.
Walk-up tests will be available at Ramirez Community Center and the Cuellar Community Center at 5626 San Fernando St. from Monday-Sunday, 10 am-2 pm. Testing at the Freeman Coliseum will continue to be available by appointment Monday-Sunday, 9 am-4 pm.
The testing expansion is available through a partnership between Metro Health, Community Labs, and BioBridge Global.
“Throughout this response, our goal has been to make testing more accessible by leveraging partnerships with our community and relying on CDC guidance for testing. Over the past few weeks, we’ve been looking at ways to bring FDA-approved, asymptomatic testing to our city’s test sites and I’m so pleased to partner with Community Labs to make this a reality,” said Dr. Colleen Bridger, assistant city manager and interim Metro Health director, in a release.
If a patient does receive a test (yes, even those without symptoms), the city is reminding everyone to remain isolated while awaiting their test result. Stay home, monitor any potential symptoms, and wash your mask daily to prevent contamination.
Monitor COVID-19 symptoms and find testing site hours and information here.