As COVID-19 waxes on and the year 2020 draws to a close, the city of San Antonio will offer even more COVID-19 testing options. Beginning on Monday, October 5th the city of San Antonio’s COVID-19 testing has been offering free tests to asymptomatic people that are not showing virus symptoms. It is also promised that people will get test results within 19 hours.
Before this change in San Antonio, asymptomatic people that wanted to be tested needed to visit a doctor’s office or a private lab. However, now, the city is expanding testing to include those asymptomatic people. The city of San Antonio hopes to test more people and eventually reduce the spread of the coronavirus across the hill country of Texas. Patients who aren’t showing symptoms can schedule an appointment to be tested by calling 830-391-8559.
This new testing initiative was made possible by a partnership between nonprofit Community Labs, which is headed up by San Antonio native philanthropist Graham Weston. Alongside BioBridge Global, which is another nonprofit company that has joined the fight, the team aims to bring rapid and accurate testing to the citizens of San Antonio.
It’s reported that the new lab will have the capacity to test up to 12,000 people per day, says Weston. “This is one of the first labs of its kind in the United States, and it’s going to be a very fast lab. We’re going to get our results back in less than 19 hours.”
At the lab’s inception, new testing for patients without symptoms will be during specific times. Tests will be administered On Mondays, at the Cuellar Community Center, 5626 San Fernando St., from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. On Tuesdays, testing is conducted at the Ramirez Community Center, 1011 Gillette Blvd., from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. On Wednesdays, asymptomatic people can be tested at Freeman Coliseum, 3201 E. Houston St., between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.
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