SAN ANTONIO – Residents living near Southwest High School, have not had to go far for treatment or testing for COVID-19.

“We did see a lot of COVID patients and when those numbers were high it was every day we would see about 23, 24,” said Adriane Garcia, physician assistant.

Garcia said COVID testing has been available at the Southwest ISD School-based health clinic since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

“With the telemedicine visit, they get the order, the patients can drive up and we can do the COVID swab outside,” Garcia said.

Staff said if the clinic told KSAT that if the clinic was not there area families would have been greatly impacted during the pandemic.

“We serve the community, we serve the teachers, the students, their siblings, their grandparents,” said Elizabeth Manrique, Business Operations Manager at University Health System.

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Garcia said clinic staff members are concerned about a possible fourth COVID-19 surge.

“This community would definitely have been at a disadvantage because I would say the closest clinic here is probably about five or six miles inside of San Antonio,” Garcia said.

She said they are constantly reminding parents about taking COVID safety precautions.

“It’s always scary to hear about these new variants,” Garcia said. “Washing our hands, physically distance, wearing our mask those. Those things cannot change right now. We’ve got to continue to stay diligent in preventing COVID.”

Here is a list of University Health School-based clinics:

  • Harlandale ISD School-based Health Clinic- Collier Elementary

  • Southwest ISD School-based Health Clinic –District Campus

  • San Antonio ISD School-based Health Clinic-Tafolla Middle School

  • San Antonio ISD School-based Health Clinic–Davis Middle School

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