San Antonio offers free COVID-19 testing to asymptomatic residents

All city testing sites will provide testing daily starting Oct. 13

A truck passes a sign for free COVID-19 testing, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in San Antonio. Coronavirus testing in Texas has dropped significantly, mirroring nationwide trends, just as schools reopen and football teams charge ahead with plans to play. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) (Eric Gay, Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

SAN ANTONIO – This week, the City of San Antonio is offering free COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic residents in Bexar County.

Previously, residents were required to show symptoms of the viral infection. Now, the city has been able to expand testing with a partnership between BioBridge Global and Community Labs.

“Over the past few weeks, we’ve been looking at ways to bring FDA-approved, asymptomatic testing to our City’s test sites and I’m so pleased to partner with Community Labs to make this a reality,” said Assistant City Manager and Interim Metro Health Director Dr. Colleen Bridger.

The city’s testing sites, the Ramirez Community Center and the Cuellar Community Center, will offer the testing on Tuesday, according to a news release. The free tests will run from Oct 13 to Oct 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

No doctor’s appointment or insurance will be needed to get the test, city officials previously said. Appointments will be will be on a first come first served basis.

Individuals with or without symptoms will be able to use the City’s no cost test sites to access a less invasive nasal PCR tests at no cost to determine if they have contracted COVID-19. Nasal PCR tests have been approved by the FDA for testing of asymptomatic individuals.