Testing for COVID-19

Testing Options

Step 1.Getting Started

  • Everyone who has symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (fever, muscle aches, cough, and shortness of breath, to name a few) should self-quarantine regardless of whether or not they have been tested.

Step 2.What you need to know

  • The cost for testing should be covered by most insurance plans or through government-sponsored programs.
  • If you do not have insurance, you can receive a test at no cost through the City of San Antonio at Freeman Coliseum or at a Walk-In Testing Site.

Step 3.How it works

To determine if you should get tested for COVID-19:

Complete a self-screening questionnaire to see if it is recommended that you get tested.

Self-Screening for COVID-19

Step 4.Complete Request

Need a free test at the Freeman Coliseum? Register

You can also get a tested at a Walk-In Testing Site at no cost. No appointment is needed.

Step 5.What Happens Next

Returning to Work

  • If you were tested because of an exposure to someone who is confirmed to have COVID-19: do not return to work until 14 days after the exposure. (You may have been negative on the day you were tested but could still be incubating)
  • If you were tested because of symptoms: wait to return to work until all of the following have been met:
    • 10 days after onset of symptoms;
    • Symptom improvement; and,
    • 24 hours fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medicines.
  • If applicable, notify your supervisor and note the day of testing.


If you are tested at the Freeman Coliseum or at a Walk-Up Testing Site hosted by the City of San Antonio:

  • You will receive a phone call if your test result is positive. The call will come from “SA Metro Health” on your caller ID.
  • If your test result is negative, you will receive a text message. The text message notification of a negative result will include a link to download a form that states the result is negative. This is a temporary link so download the form as soon as possible and save it for your records.
  • If you have not received your results within 72 hours, you can email covid@davacoinc.com or call 833.213.0643 and provide your name and date of birth and your results will be emailed to you.

Return to Work Letter

The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) is unable to provide individual letters that prove an individual was tested for COVID-19 and is awaiting results. Many individuals are receiving testing through the drive-thru testing center, which is not operated by Metro Health. Metro Health is notified only after tests are processed, and only if results are positive.

Individuals may download and share this Letter to Employers from Metro Health with their employer, if needed.