SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — The City of San Antonio is opening three new mass COVID-19 testing sites and three more to come.
The news comes as Bexar County mirrors much of the nation in the surge of the Omicron variant, causing a shortage of home tests and long lines at testing centers around town.
“Because of the increased demand for people seeking to get a COVID-19 test, we know we need to do more – and we are,” Mayor Ron Nirenberg said. “Today, we are pleased to announce that we have contracted with the nonprofit organization, Community Labs, to offer an additional three new testing sites that will be in operation immediately. With these added sites, we now have the capacity to test many more people per day.”
The mass testing sites operated by Community Labs will be located at Alamo Colleges District Support Operations Building, Palo Alto College and St. Philip’s College.
Testing is done only on a walk-up basis and results will be provided within 24 hours.
The Alamo Colleges District Support Operations Building located at 2222 N. Alamo St. opened today and will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Palo Alto College in Building 20 located at 1400 W. Villaret Blvd. It will open tomorrow and will be operational Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Palo Alto College in Building 20 located a 1400 W. Villaret Blvd. will open Monday. It will be operational Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Metro Health said three more additional mass testing centers will be announced soon once the locations are secured.
“We want to ensure that residents continue to have access to no cost testing, especially as the highly contagious Omicron variant has become prevalent throughout the community,” Metro Heath Director Claude A. Jacob said. “We encourage anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 to get tested, so they don’t spread the virus to others if they are positive. We hope these additional testing sites will help meet and alleviate current demand. Remember that we have the tools we need to contain this virus. Please mask up, get vaccinated and get your booster shot if you’re eligible. Please do your part to protect San Antonio by staying home if you are sick.”
Earlier this week, FEMA announced that Bexar County would be one of six counties in the state of Texas to get a federally funded testing site.
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Community Labs utilizes PCR tests that will return results within 24 hours. The company also provides weekly testing at more than 300 school campuses in Bexar County school districts in addition to San Marcos ISD and Laredo ISD.
The City of San Antonio also operates 17 test sites through Curative around town. Curative requires patients to register and schedule a test time.
Curative testing locations:
“We’re continuing [to keep] a close eye on the COVID-19 situation and will continue to add resources as needed to contain the pandemic,” said City Manager Erik Walsh. “I’d like to thank Metro Health, San Antonio Fire Department, Curative and Community Labs for adding testing capacity and for continuing to help keep our residents safe throughout this pandemic.”
You can view the vaccination pop-up clinics around town at covid19.sanantonio.gov or by calling 3-1-1 and selecting option 8.
The mass vaccination clinic at the Alamodome is open from noon until 8 p.m. on Wednesday to Friday.