There is an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China in December 2019 and has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally, including in the United States. On February 11, 2020, the World Health Organization named the disease Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

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Social Distancing

Social distancing means remaining out of crowded public places where close contact with others may occur. Avoid mass gatherings and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.

Cloth Face Covers

CDC now recommends the use of cloth face coverings, accompanied with social distancing, to help slow the spread of COVID-19, especially in Areas of Significant Community-Based Transmission. Learn more about this and watch the how-to video here.

The best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid exposure to this virus, which are similar to the precautions you take to avoid the flu. CDC always recommends these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • If possible, do not leave your home.
  • Avoid close contact with others.
  • If you need food or supplies, ask a trusted loved one or neighbor or call 3-1-1.

  • Do not allow employees or patrons to come into close contact (within six feet) of each other in your facility.
  • Limit gathering opportunities by marking spaces for people to sit or stand that are farther than six feet away from each other.
  • Enact telework or remote work policies whenever possible to limit the number of people in one space.
  • Ensure handwashing areas are available to employees and patrons and encourage frequent handwashing.
  • Routinely use a disinfectant wipe or spray on high-touch surfaces in workspaces and public areas.


Mayor Ron Nirenberg ordered all individuals living within the City of San Antonio to stay home and only leave their homes to perform allowed activities, effective through April 30, 2020.


Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses).




Other symptoms include:

  • shortness of breath
  • aches and pains
  • sore throat
  • and very few people will report diarrhea, nausea or a runny nose.


call first

    1. If you have symptoms, call your primary care provider or urgent care clinic for assessment. Do not go to the doctor without calling first.
    2. If you can not afford a doctor’s visit, call Metro Health’s COVID-19 hotline at (210) 207-5779.


Who is eligible for pre-approved testing?

      1. First responders
      2. Healthcare
      3. VIA bus drivers
      4. Individuals who have symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath or a runny nose. 

Drive-thru TESTING

  • South Texas Medical Center
    8431 Fredericksburg Rd, San Antonio
  • Freeman Coliseum 
    3201 E. Houston St, San Antonio
    STMC Website

Testing is reserved for those who are symptomatic and an appointment is REQUIRED.


Some testings can also be done through private healthcare sectors. Please consult your primary care provider to see if you qualify for testing.

Note:  Only a Healthcare Provider can collect the specimen necessary to test for COVID-19 through LabCorp & Quest Diagnostic. Do not go to their patient service centers directly.

get COVID-19 alertS

    1. MOBILE: Download the Ready South Texas App
    2. SMS TEXT: Text COSAGOV to 55000
    3. WEB:
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