“The demand has been really heavy over these holidays. We are testing about 3,000 people a day, which is up significantly,” Mary Ullmann Japhet, communications director of Community Labs.
Japhet said Community Labs is capable of testing up to 12,000 per day. They are encouraging people to keep coming.
“It’s the FDA gold standard — it’s a PCR test — and results are in within 24 hours. So that speed, the lab capacity, and the fact that it is the most accurate test available is really key,” she said.
Japhet said many people who are tested without symptoms end up having COVID-19.
“Science tells us that 50% or so of COVID cases are spread by asymptomatic silent spreaders. These are people who are innocently walking around in the world not knowing they have the virus and are spreading it to others before they themselves have symptoms,” Japhet said.
That’s why she and others across the city are thrilled people are proactively taking responsibility at a time when COVID-19 cases have never spiked higher in San Antonio. This week’s case numbers prompted city and county leaders to close bars once again and limit restaurant capacity to 50%.
“If we can get those people who are positive out of our population until they’re better, we’re going to help suppress the virus,” Japhet said.