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Can anyone get tested for COVID-19 even without showing symptoms?

‘You don’t need a doctor. You don’t need health insurance. You don’t need money’

SAN ANTONIO – The testing protocol in San Antonio has widened and more testing resources than ever are available in the city.

Our KSAT viewers wanted to know if anyone can get COVID-19 even without showing symptoms.

While the Mayor says the answer is technically yes, he says there isn’t a need to be tested unless someone is either exhibiting symptoms or has been exposed to someone with the virus.

“If there is a reason for you to get a test there is a test available for you,” Nirenberg said.

City of San Antonio to open 2 free, walk-up COVID-19 testing locations

The city has been working to expand its testing capabilities, something the transition task force has said is key to slowing the spread of COVID-19. Nirenberg said one misconception is that there are certain requirements for getting tested.

“You don’t need a doctor. You don’t need a primary care physician. You don’t need health insurance. You don’t need money,” he explained.

Here is a list of COVID-19 testing drive-thru locations that require an appointment. To register, visit https://www.txcovidtest.org/ or call 512-883-2400.

  • 3201 E Houston St., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 7 days a week
  • 2530 SW Military Dr., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 7 days a week
  • 8923 W. Military Dr., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 7 days a week
  • 1226 NW 18th St., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 6, 8, 9,
  • 19375 K St., Somerset, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 7
  • 2096 Talley Road, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 8
  • 11615 Galm Road, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 9, 10
  • 23103 Bulverde Road, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 11

Watch Mayor Nirenberg’s full interview on the News at 9 below.

Find more answers and ask your own questions on our SAQ page. Watch anchor Steve Spriester ask local leaders your questions weeknights at 6 p.m. on KSAT12 and 9 p.m. on KSAT-TV and KSAT.com. You can also sign up for our free SAQ newsletter to get answers to the most common questions in your inbox.


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