Testing


NOTE: At this time, only individuals with COVID-19 symptoms will be tested at City-run sites.

Should I Get Tested?

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on previous MERS-CoV virus incubation periods). Self-screen before going into a business for any new or worsening signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19.

Symptoms

You should get tested if you experience the following symptoms:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Screening

Not sure where to start? Self-Screen to see if you need a test:
Take a self-screening

What to Know about Testing for COVID-19

ASL: COVID-19 Testing - accessible video from Alert SAAmerican Sign Language (ASL)

Find a Testing Location

Free City-Run Testing Locations

Walk-Up Locations

  • Monday-Sunday, 10am-2pm
  • No appointment required
  • Parents may be asked to assist with administering the COVID-19 test if their child requires assistance
  • Locations are subject to change

Cuellar Community Center
5626 San Fernando St.
San Antonio, TX 78237

Ramirez Community Center
1011 Gillette Blvd.
San Antonio, TX 78224

Freeman Coliseum

  • Registration and appointment required
  • Monday-Sunday, 9am-4pm
  • Call 833.213.0643 to schedule an appointment
  • Parents may be asked to assist with administering the COVID-19 test if their child requires assistance
Freeman Coliseum
3201 E. Houston St.
San Antonio, TX 78219

Schedule Online at Freeman Coliseum

Limited Asymptomatic Testing Available

Free asymptomatic testing is available at the locations below. Requirements for this test are that you do not have any COVID-19 symptoms. No appointment is required for some locations. The following dates and times are available for asymptomatic testing at either of these locations for a free COVID-19 Screening.

Facility Date/Time Appointment
Cuellar Community Center Tuesday - Friday, October 13th - 16th
Monday - Friday, October 19th - 23rd
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
No appointment required.
Ramirez Community Center Friday, October 9th
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Tuesday - Friday, October 13th - 16th
Monday - Friday, October 19th - 23rd
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
No appointment required.

Other COVID-19 Testing Sites in Bexar County

View a List of Testing Locations

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About the Map

This is a map of urgent care centers and drive-through testing sites in Bexar County that have consented to be shared on Metro Health's website. Our goal is to provide the public a variety of locations where they can seek services.

The urgent care centers accept major insurance carriers, which may make the tests available at no cost to the individual, and self-pay. The three drive-through testing sites offer testing at no cost to the individual. Contact each site directly for more information.

NOTE: This map will continue to expand as we receive more information from practices offering diagnostic COVID-19 testing to the community.

Questions & Answers

I don’t have symptoms and wasn’t exposed, should I get tested?

Consider holding off so that people with symptoms can get tested. 

Someone I know has COVID-19, should I get tested?

If you were within 6 feet of someone with COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more, then you should quarantine for 14 days from when you were exposed and stay separated from other people in your household. You don’t have to get tested if you don’t have symptoms. Get tested if you have symptoms — especially if you have obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, chronic lung disease or other chronic conditions. Please do not go to the emergency department unless you have a medical emergency, such as difficulty breathing.

I might have been exposed to COVID-19, should I get tested?

You don’t have to get tested if you don’t have symptoms. If you do get tested, then wait at least 8 days from when you were exposed (longer is better). If you were within 6 feet of someone with COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more, then you should quarantine for 14 days from when you were exposed and stay separated from other people in your household. Recent studies show there is a lower positivity rate in people who don’t have COVID-19 symptoms or who test too soon after exposure. If you develop symptoms, then get tested—especially if you have obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, chronic lung disease or other chronic conditions. Find a list of testing locations. Do not go to the emergency department unless you have a medical emergency, such as difficulty breathing.

What kind of test should I get?

Testing locations listed here use the recommended test, which is a nasal swab or a coughing and throat self-swab. Blood tests cannot be used to diagnose COVID-19.

How much does testing cost?

The cost for testing should be covered by most insurance plans or through government-sponsored programs.

  • For private pay patients, please contact your health care provider for cost to administer a COVID-19 test.
  • If you do not have insurance, you can receive a test at no cost through the City of San Antonio at the Freeman Coliseum Testing Site or at a Walk-In Testing Site.

What should I do while waiting for test results?

  • Act as if you were told you have a positive test. This is to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to other people.
  • Stay at home in a specific room away from other people; use a separate bathroom, if possible. Avoid sharing personal items like dishes, glasses, food, towels and bedding. People you live with should also stay home, if possible.
  • Wear a mask around other people, including people inside your home. Wash your mask daily with hot water and soap. You can dry it on high heat. Only touch the ties/ear loops because the inside and outside of the mask may be contaminated.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Make sure you have clean hands before and after putting on your mask. Use cleaning sprays or wipes to disinfect things you touch regularly, including your phone.
  • Monitor your symptoms and take your temperature twice a day. If you have difficulty breathing, confusion, slurred speech, severe dizziness or severe chest pain, then call 911.
  • Make a list of the people who were within 6 feet of you for at least 10-15 minutes (close contacts) from 2 days before you started feeling sick until the time you were tested. If you never had symptoms, list the people you have been close to for 2 days before today’s test. This will help us know who may need to be tested and slow the spread.

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.

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.

How will I receive my test results?

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.

If you are tested at a private clinic or by your doctor, they will provide you with results. Results are not available from the COVID Hotline or through the Testing Hotline.

What should I do when I or someone in my household receives test results?

Tests Positive

If you or someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19, follow isolation and quarantine measures to minimize spread to others. If a member of a household tests positive, other members of the household should self-quarantine until 14 days after the person has recovered, and should consider themselves positive if they develop symptoms. They should also follow the isolation and quarantine measures found on the CDC website. Anyone who tests positive or is in contact with someone who tested positive should NOT go to work.

Tests Negative

If your test for COVID-19 is negative and you do not have any symptoms, but someone in your household is positive, you should self-quarantine until 14 days after they have fully recovered. This is true unless you have no contact with the sick household member. However, like all residents of San Antonio and Bexar County, you must adhere to the Emergency Declaration No. 6 announced by Mayor Ron Nirenberg and County Judge Nelson Wolff on April 29, 2020. You should stay at home and only leave your home to take care of your basic needs, such as food, healthcare, and exercise. Even if you don’t feel sick, it’s still important to practice good hand hygiene and social distancing.

I was exposed and tested negative, now what?

If you were within 6 feet of someone with COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more, then still stay in quarantine the full 14 days — even if your test is negative — because it can take that long for symptoms to show up.

I was exposed and tested positive, now what?

Metro Health will call you to begin your case investigation. The call will come from a 210-207-xxxx number and 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. Meanwhile, stay separated (in “isolation”) from other people in your household for at least 10 days, and contact your employer’s Human Resources department for other directions. See a medical provider if you have trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, trouble staying awake, or other warning signs.

I tested positive, when can I go back to work?

If you were tested because of symptoms, you can return to work after it has been 10 days since your symptoms started, your symptoms are better, and you haven’t had a fever for 24 hours even without taking fever reducing medicines. Most people don’t need a negative test to be cleared for work.

What else should I be doing?

Avoid crowds, keep a 6-foot distance, wear a face covering, and avoid touching your face without cleaning your hands first. Remember that people can pass on COVID-19 in the days before they feel sick, or without feeling sick at all. Monitor yourself for symptoms, and get tested if you have any — especially if you have obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, chronic lung disease or other chronic conditions. Follow CDC and Metro Health guidance and for real-time updates, follow @SAMetroHealth on social media, watch daily briefings here, or text COSAGOV to 55000.

For Employers

Employers should follow CDC guidance. Visit Business Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Employers should not require a COVID-19 test result or a healthcare provider’s note for employees who are sick to validate their illness, qualify for sick leave, or to return to work.

  • Under the American’s with Disabilities Act, employers are permitted to require a medical provider’s note from your employees to verify that they are healthy and able to return to work. However, as a practical matter, be aware that healthcare provider offices and medical facilities may be extremely busy and not able to provide such documentation in a timely manner. Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care and can follow CDC recommendations to determine when to discontinue home isolation and return to work.
  • The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has established guidance regarding Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The guidance enables employers to take steps to protect workers consistent with CDC guidance, including requiring workers to stay home when necessary to address the direct threat of spreading COVID-19 to others.

Read the letter from Metro Health about returning to work after being exposed.

COVID-19 Hotline

The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District has opened a COVID-19 Hotline for residents to ask questions about the virus. The hotline is available in English and Spanish. Residents can call 210.207.5779.

Hours of operation are Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Email questions or requests for presentations to COVID-19@sanantonio.gov
Please note this email is not intended to seek healthcare advice. Questions regarding symptoms will not be responded to through this email.