Up until now, testing for coronavirus meant inserting a swab up your nose. Pretty uncomfortable, to say the least. However, on June 29, a testing site in San Antonio became the first in the country to offer a new quicker, more comfortable test – the oral swab. And the test is free.

Here’s how it works:

Step 1: Register online.

Step 2: View an instructional video explaining the entire process.

Step 3: Arrive at the drive-through testing site located at the Bexar County Fire Department Station No. 121 on Talley Road.

Step 4: Wait in line as a National Guard member briefs you on the process.

Step 5: Drive in the fire station, receive a swab, and take a sample inside of their mouth.

Step 6: Seal the sample in a plastic bag.

Step 7: Deposit the bagged sample into a can for collection.

Step 8: Receive your test results in 2-3 days.

The entire process is quicker, easier, and involves less contact than previous testing.

To register online for the new test, click here. 

Lynn Miller