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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

There are many questions about the novel coronavirus because of how quickly it hit our communities and how fast it spread. Experts are learning and sharing new information every day. A reliable source that is continually updating information as it becomes available is the CDC’s FAQ page. Below are some additional FAQs specific to the San Antonio and Texas community.

What are the criteria to be tested for COVID-19?

Those who have symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) and/or known exposure to COVID-19 can be tested. Only a health care provider can refer someone for testing. University Hospital’s laboratory now has the capability to test collected samples.

How many COVID-19 cases are there in San Antonio?

The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District collects and reports information on COVID-19 cases on a daily basis.

Why do I have to practice social distancing?

In the event of a pandemic, there are certain measures that are recommended to take place in order to minimize the spread of the virus. Social distancing is very important for slowing or stopping the spread of infections, especially for those who are at higher risk of catching coronavirus. In Texas, there is currently a shelter in place order in effect as of March 24, 2020.