BAMC and Wilford Hall close drive-through COVID-19 screening and testing sites

SAN ANTONIO – The drive-thru COVID-19 screening and testing sites at Brooke Army Medical Center and Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center will close April 1, officials said Thursday.

BAMC launched its drive-thru site at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, where over 76,000 people were screened or tested for the virus in the past 24 months.

The reason for the closure is due to a steady decline in the need for testing, according to BAMC. This will also allow staff to resume primary care support.

“Staff worked exceptionally hard, especially at the start of the pandemic, setting up locations, equipment and supplies,” said U.S. Army Col. Elizabeth Stanley, chief of preventive medicine at BAMC, in a press release. “They have stood firm throughout the many outbreaks of the pandemic, even when exposed to extreme weather conditions and hundreds of cars lined up in front of them.”

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With the site closed, screening and testing for COVID-19 will still be available. From April 4, BAMC patients can receive a test at their primary care clinic.

PCR tests will also be available, but only by appointment. To create one, call the Consultation Appointment Management Office at 210-916-9900. Results will be posted on the MHS GENESIS patient portal within 72 hours.

At-home self-testing kits are also available from 8 a.m. to noon for recipients at their primary care walk-in clinic, according to BAMC.

The screening and testing site in the 59th Medical Wing at Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center has seen more than 13,000 recipients since August 18, 2021.

“It was certainly an honor to work with so many talented doctors and civilians who all gave their time and tireless energy to carry out our mission,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. William Hayes , 59th Medical Wing COVID Testing Operations Manager. in a press release. “I am especially grateful for all the dedication of each individual who gave their 100% every day by my side.”

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Beginning April 4, eligible TRICARE recipients can pick up COVID-19 at-home rapid diagnostic test kits from the WHASC Atrium at the Information Desk. All beneficiaries must also present their identity card.

They can receive up to eight test kits per month, officials said.

If you are looking to get tested for COVID-19 on a community site, follow this link.

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