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COVID-19 testing site for first responders opens in San Antonio

The site can collect 16 tests per hour, is only accepting ‘pre-approved’ individuals to conserve resources, officials say

Texas Tribune

SAN ANTONIO — Officials with the city of San Antonio announced Wednesday that the state’s first “large, pre-approved” testing site is open at the Freeman Coliseum.

The site will allow up to 16 tests per hour to be administered but there are caveats.

COVID-19 testing is available only for individuals who have been pre-approved by a doctor, first responders, health care workers and VIA bus drivers, according to a news release.

Individuals without pre-approval and a scheduled appointment will not be allowed on the premises.

“This will allow us to do more testing for those who need it – and that’s the key: doctors will determine who needs the test,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “For those who are pre-approved, we have tests ready.”

“The County’s Freeman Coliseum has been a symbol of strength in our community and always stands ready to assist. Most recently, the Coliseum served as the hurricane Harvey logistics and staging hub for statewide efforts. Once again, the County and Freeman Coliseum are here to answer the call,” said County Judge Nelson Wolff.

Residents who believe they have been exposed to the virus and have symptoms, should call their physician or an urgent care clinic for an assessment, and if appropriate, a referral.

COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new virus, stands for coronavirus disease 2019. The disease first appeared in late 2019 in Wuhan, China, but spread around the world in early 2020, causing the World Health Organization to declare a pandemic in March.