Metro Health, City of San Antonio opens COVID-19 testing center on West Side

SAN ANTONIO – The doors of the Sonny Melendrez Community Center on the west side of town opened to the public on Wednesday as a COVID-19 testing site. The center is the fifth such facility to open recently as the city of San Antonio and the Metropolitan Health District step up efforts to provide more testing.

“As we see COVID-19 numbers continue to rise, (we) are making sure to take extra precautions,” said District 5 Councilwoman Teri Castillo.

In 2020, City Council Districts 4 and 5 have been deeply affected, not only by high numbers of COVID-19 cases, but also by deaths. Castillo said his neighborhood is part of the city where some of the most vulnerable people live.

“The stories I’ve heard from community members are that they can’t afford to get sick, so they know the vaccine can potentially have health effects where they won’t be able to go to work the next day. But they know they have to earn money to take care of their families,” Castillo said.

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While the number of COVID-19 infections is on the rise, the number of people in his district taking advantage of the resources available to them is also growing, Castillo said.

A resident of OneDistrict 5 said the location of the new testing site has served her and her family well, adding that the site is convenient, quick and easy.

“I think it’s very important because it’s about our health, and that way we can be healthy and know where we are in terms of being positive or negative,” district resident Herlinda Medrano said. 5.

The Sonny Melendrez Community Center is located at 5919 W. Commerce St. and will provide PCR testing services from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. days of the week. No appointment is necessary and test results are available within 24-48 hours.

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