COVID-19: Testing, Prevention, And Resources

As a Community First Member, viral COVID-19 testing is covered at

no cost to you.

With the Omicron variant surging, we know that there are a lot of questions and concerns about COVID-19. We’re here to help. Community First Health Plans is committed to bringing our Members the resources and support you need while helping you access the care you deserve.

Find a list of free testing locations, how to order a free at-home test, and updated quarantine guidelines below.

How To Get Your Free At-Home Test

Every home in the United States can now order up to four free COVID-19 tests online.

Visit CovidTests.gov to order your free at-home tests.

Officials predict it will take anywhere from seven to 12 days for the tests to ship. The tests and shipping are completely free.

Many health plans are also now covering at-home COVID-19 tests at no cost to you. This includes Community First Medicaid, Medicare, University Community Care Plan, University Family Care Plan, and our Commercial HMO plans.

Please click the link to the news post for your plan to learn how to get your free at-home test at your local pharmacy, store, or online.

Please Note: Locally, at-home tests are still in short supply. Please review the free testing locations below for other testing options.

Where Can I Get Tested for COVID-19?

New Federal Mass Testing Site – Appointment Required

Open Monday-Fridays, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. through February 4, 2022 (closed January 22, 28, 29, & 30)

Alamodome, 100 Montana Street, Lot C

Free Mass Testing Locations (Bexar County) updated January 18, 2022

All locations listed below are walk-in only and open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Alamo Colleges District Support Operations Building, 2222 N. Alamo St., 78215

Palo Alto College Building 23, 1400 W. Villaret Blvd., 78224

St. Philip’s College, 1801 Martin Luther King Dr., 78203

Yates Community Center, 568 Rasa Dr, 78227 

Melendrez Community Center, 5919 W Commerce St, 78237

Copernicus Community Center, 5003 Lord Rd, 78220

Wonderland of the Americans Mall – Lower Level, 4552 Fredericksburg Rd, 78201

More FREE Testing Locations (Bexar County)

NAME ADDRESS APPOINTMENT TYPE PHONE NUMBER HOURS
American Legion 3518 Fredericksburg Rd.
San Antonio, 78201

Appointment Required

Curb-side, must register and be seen first

Not Available M-F: 8am – 6pm; Sat & Sun: 8am – 6pm
Center of Advanced Wellness- Botts Lane 8723 Botts Lane
San Antonio, 78217

No Appointment Needed, Walk-In Only

In building

210.999.5523 M-F: 9am – 5pm; Sat: 9am – 1pm; Sun: Closed
Center of Advanced Wellness – TPC Pkwy 3107 TPC Pkwy
San Antonio, 78259

No Appointment Needed, Walk-In Only

In building

210.905.0663 M-F: 9am – 5pm; Sat: 9am – 1pm; Sun: Closed
CentroMed – Palo Alto Clinic 9011 Poteet Jourdanton Fwy
San Antonio, 78211

Appointment Required

Drive Through

210.922.7000 M-F: 8:30am – 4:30pm; Sat & Sun: Closed
Claude Black Community Center 2805 E Commerce St
San Antonio, 78203

Appointment Required

Curb-side, must register and be seen first

Not Available M-F: 8am – 6pm; Sat & Sun: Closed
Conqueror’s Assembly Church 937 W Magnolia Ave
San Antonio, 78201

Appointment Required

Curb-side, must register and be seen first

Not Available M-F: 8am – 6pm; Sat & Sun: Closed
COVID Testing Station – Austin Highway 1712 Austin Highway
San Antonio, 78209

Appointment Optional

Drive Through

210.201.6336  M-F: 9am – 5pm; Sat 9am – 1pm; Sun: Closed
COVID Testing Station – Culebra Rd 8339 Culebra Rd
San Antonio, 78251

Appointment Optional

Drive Through

210.201.6336 M-F: 9am – 5pm; Sat: 9am – 1pm; Sun: Closed
COVID Testing Station – Nacogdoches Rd 14092 Nacogdoches Rd
San Antonio, 78247

Appointment Optional

Drive Through

210.201.6336 M-F: 9am – 5pm; Sat & Sun: Closed
Edgewood Square Shopping Center 1135 S General McMullen Dr
San Antonio, 78237

Appointment Required

Curb-side, must register and be seen first

Not Available M-F: 8am – 6pm; Sat & Sun: 8am – 6pm
Harlandale Park  7227 Briar Pl
San Antonio, 78221

Appointment Required

Curb-side, must register and be seen first

Not Available M-F: 8am – 3pm; Sat & Sun: 8am – 3pm
Highland Forest Elementary 3736 SE Military                                              San Antonio, 78223

Appointment Required

Curb-side, must register and be seen first

Not Available M-F: 8am – 6pm; Sat & Sun: Closed
Jack Inselmann Baseball Field 7001 Culebra Rd
San Antonio, 78238

Appointment Required

Curb-side, must register and be seen first

Not Available M-F: 8am – 6pm; Sat & Sun: Closed
NISD – Dub Farris Athletic Complex 8400 N Loop 1604 W
San Antonio, 78249

Appointment Required

Curb-side, must register and be seen first

Not Available M-F: 8am – 3pm; Sat & Sun: Closed
Oblate School of Theology 285 Oblate Dr
San Antonio, 78216

Appointment Required

Curb-side, must register and be seen first

Not Available M-F: 8am – 6pm; Sat & Sun: Closed
Our Lady of the Lake 411 SW 24th St
San Antonio, 78207

Appointment Required

Curb-side, must register and be seen first

Not Available M-F: 8am – 6pm; Sat & Sun: 8am – 6pm
Pittman Sullivan 659 S New Braunfels Ave
San Antonio, 78203

Appointment Required

Curb-side, must register and be seen first

Not Available M-F: 8am – 3pm; Sat & Sun: 8am – 3pm
Salvation Army Missions Corp 3802 SW Military Dr
San Antonio, 78211

Appointment Required

Curb-side, must register and be seen first

Not Available M-F: 8am – 6pm; Sat & Sun: Closed
Somerset ISD Central Office 7791 E 6th St
Somerset, 78069

Appointment Optional

Curb-side, must register and be seen first

Not Available M-F:8am – 5:30pm; Sat & Sun: Closed
St. Mary’s University 1 Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, 78228

Appointment Required

Curb-side, must register and be seen first

Not Available M-F: 8am – 5pm; Sat: 8am – 5pm; Sun: Closed
University of the Incarnate Word Founders Hall 4119 Broadway
San Antonio, 78209

Appointment Required

Curb-side, must register and be seen first

Not Available M-F: 8am – 3pm; Sat & Sun: Closed
University of the Incarnate Word 7615 Kennedy Hl
San Antonio, 78235

Appointment Required

Curb-side, must register and be seen first

Not Available M-F: 8am – 3pm; Sat & Sun: Closed
Yes No COVID 4747 Fredericksburg Rd
San Antonio
78229

Appointment Optional

Drive Through

 512.743.9220 M-F: 8am – 6pm; Sat & Sun: 8am – 6pm
Zarzamora Testing 4531 S Zarzamora St
San Antonio, 78211

Appointment Optional

Drive Through

Not Available M-F: 8am – 3pm; Sat & Sun: 8am – 3pm

 

For additional testing locations, please visit Testing – City of San Antonio.

Who Should Get Tested For COVID-19?

Your primary care provider (PCP) is your best resource for determining whether you should be tested for COVID-19. Your PCP may recommend that you be tested if:

  • You have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • You have had close contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19.

COVID-19 Hotline

The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District has opened a COVID-19 Hotline for residents to ask questions about the virus. The hotline is available in English and Spanish. Residents can call 311 or 210-207-6000 and select option 8.

If you need assistance or have questions about transportation for testing, please call the hotline listed above.

Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

    quarantine & Prevention

    When Do I Need To Quarantine?

    If you tested positive for COVID-19: The CDC recommends you isolate for 5 days and if you are asymptomatic or your symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours), follow that by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others to minimize the risk of infecting others.

    If you are exposed to COVID-19 and are unvaccinated OR not up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations: The CDC recommends you quarantine for 5 days followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days. Get tested at least 5 days after exposure.

    If you are exposed to COVID-19 and are up-to-date with vaccination OR had a confirmed COVID-19 in the past 90 days: The CDC recommends you do not need to quarantine unless you develop symptoms. Wear a mask around others for 10 days and test on day 5 of exposure.

    How do I know if I’m up-to-date on my COVID-19 vaccinations?

    More information from the CDC about these updated quarantine guidelines can be found here.

    How Does COVID-19 Spread?

    COVID-19 spreads easily from person to person, mainly by the following routes:

    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within 6 feet) 
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when a person coughs, sneezes, breathes, sings, or talks
    • It may also be possible that people can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes

    People who are infected but do not have symptoms can also spread the virus to others.

    How Can I Protect Myself and Others?
    1. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place. Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not readily available.
    2. Avoid touching your face, especially your mouth, nose, and eyes 
    3. Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people
    4. Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others. Masks are meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
    5. Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
    6. Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily including cell phones, tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. 
    7. Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath.

    COVID-19 or Flu?

    Some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, so it may be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone.

    Influenza (flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by infection with a coronavirus first identified in 2019, and flu is caused by infection with influenza viruses.

    Find out more about the differences and similarities here.

    COVID-19 Vaccine

    We’re keeping up to date with the latest news and information about the COVID-19 vaccine, including boosters, availability for children, and more.

    Visit our COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Page for trusted information from sources, including the CDC, FDA, and Texas DSHS.

     

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