Pre-Approved Testing Site for COVID-19 Now Open, revised March 18, 2020

INFORMATION CURRENT AS OF 12:00 PM 

SAN ANTONIO (March 18, 2020) — The City of San Antonio, Bexar County and the South Texas Regional Advisory Council have expanded testing for COVID-19 with the opening of a large Pre-Approved Testing Site at Freeman Coliseum. The site has the capacity to administer up to 16 tests per hour. COVID-19 testing is available only for individuals who have been pre-approved by a doctor, first responders, healthcare workers and VIA bus drivers. Individuals without pre-approval and a scheduled appointment will not be allowed on the premises
 

“This will allow us to do more testing for those who need it – and that’s the key: doctors will determine who needs the test,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “For those who are pre-approved, we have tests ready.”
 

Currently, all confirmed COVID-19 cases are attributable to travel outside Texas or close contact with someone who traveled. Residents who believe they have been exposed to the virus and have symptoms, should call their physician or an urgent care clinic for an assessment, and if appropriate, a referral. Those who cannot afford a doctor’s visit may call Metro Health’s COVID-19 hotline at (210) 207-5779.
 

Who is eligible for Pre-Approved Testing?

First responders
Healthcare workers
VIA bus drivers
Individuals who think they have been exposed and have symptoms, with a doctor’s pre-approval.
 
ALL individuals must have an appointment. Visit http://www.SanAntonio.gov for more information.

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