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City of San Antonio announces new testing location and reminds the public what to do while awaiting testing results

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Published on Friday, July 31, 2020

City of San Antonio announces new testing location and reminds the public what to do while awaiting testing results

CONTACT: For members of the media, please contact:
covid19media@sanantonio.gov

Laura Mayes, City of San Antonio (210) 207-1337
Michelle Vigil, City of San Antonio (210) 207-8172

 

For questions from the general public, please contact:
COVID-19@sanantonio.gov
COVID-19 Hotline (210) 207-5779

 

SAN ANTONIO (July 31, 2020) – Metro Health and San Antonio Fire Department’s Mobile Integrated Health Program (MIH) continue to bring free and accessible COVID-19 testing to the community. Three locations are now available for the entire month of August. The hours of the walk-up test sites are Monday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and for the Freeman Coliseum Monday- Sunday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
 
Walk-Up Locations – No Appointment Required
 
Cuellar Community Center
5626 San Fernando St.
San Antonio, TX 78237
 
Ramirez Community Center
1011 Gillette Blvd.
San Antonio, TX 78219
 
Freeman Coliseum - Must schedule an appointment at 833-213-0643 

Freeman Coliseum
3201 E. Houston St. 
San Antonio, TX 78219
 
As a reminder to the public, after being tested for COVID-19, it is important to:

  1. Assume you are positive until you get your test results back.
  2. Stay at home in a room away from other people and use a separate bathroom if you can. Isolate yourself from others, including not going to work until results are received. If you are facing hardships to finding a safe place to isolate from vulnerable people in your household, contact 311.  
  3. Identify close contacts. A close contact is anyone you spent 15 minutes or more with and were within six-feet distance. If you test positive, call people or places that you had close contact with. Let them know that they were exposed and that they should quarantine for 14 days. To identify a close contact, work backwards until two days before you showed symptoms.
  4. Monitor symptoms at least twice a day. If you have a prolonged fever, difficulty breathing or chest pains, call your medical provider or 911 if there is an emergency.
  5. Wash your mask daily and be sure to only touch the ties/ear loops as the inside and outside may be contaminated.

 
If a person tests positive for COVID-19:

  • Metro Health will call you and begin your case investigation. The call will read “SA Health Dept” on your caller ID. Please answer the call or return the call to help public health workers contain the virus.
    - They may ask additional questions to complete the contact tracing process and the information that is shared is 100% confidential.
    - They will never ask your bank account number or social security number
  • Call your close contacts to notify them of the exposure and make them aware of appropriate quarantine measures.
  • Stay home and away from others.

 
How do you know if you’ve recovered?

A person is considered fully recovered if 10 days have passed after symptoms appeared and if there has not been a fever for 24 hours without taking fever-reducing medications.

How do I get a COVID-19 test?

To view testing location options, visit the COVID-19 Portal. It is encouraged to make an appointment at most locations. For general information about COVID-19, call the COVID-19 hotline for more information at 311 or210-207-5779.

To view all test locations, visit the Metro Health COVID-19 website. All upcoming locations will be posted to this website as they are scheduled. Residents can also call 311 to request more information about testing.

In addition, the City of San Antonio has an online self-screening tool that can be found at covid.19test.quacito.com. This tool does not replace medical care if a person is feeling ill. A healthcare provider should be visited if symptoms worsen or if underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, lung disease, or heart disease is a factor in the person’s medical history.

 

FOUR WAYS TO SIGN UP FOR COVID-19 ALERTS

  1. Download the Ready South Texas app, available in the iTunes and Google Play stores
  2. Text COSAGOV to 55000 to receive SMS text message updates
  3. Follow @COSAGOV on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  4. Bookmark covid19.sanantonio.gov 


Public service announcements on social distancing, prevention and testing are available here.

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