• November 28, 2020
 City Expands COVID-19 Testing, Two new sites open at UTEP, Far East El Paso

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City Expands COVID-19 Testing, Two new sites open at UTEP, Far East El Paso

The City of El Paso, in collaboration with the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and Texas Military Department, will be opening two additional COVID-19 testing sites today – Wednesday, October 21st.

“During these unprecedented times, our focus and priority remains on the health and safety of our residents. This includes making more testing sites available to address the demand during this surge in new cases,” said El Paso Mayor Dee Margo. “This partnership with UTEP will further enhance our response to the pandemic.”

“We hope this alliance between UTEP and city and county public health officials will help our community suppress the coronavirus and recover,” said UTEP President Heather Wilson. “We remain committed to supporting the efforts of the city to ensure El Paso remains a safe place to work, live and learn.”

At the ongoing request of El Paso Mayor Dee Margo and the Office of Emergency Management, the Office of the Governor and the Texas Department of Emergency Management are working to expanding testing throughout El Paso.

“The expanded testing will enable us to reach at least 2,000 more residents to be tested on a daily basis, aiding in our efforts to address the increased demand for testing,” said Dr. Hector Ocaranza, City/County Health Authority.

“Residents are again reminded that we need their support by continuing to wear face mask, practice social distancing, getting test and staying home unless it is necessary. If someone tests positive, they need to isolate at home immediately and not wait for the public health department’s call to be officially placed in isolation. We also ask for people to answer their phones when public health calls to begin the investigation process”

UTEP TESTING SITE

The free drive-thru testing site is open to the public starting Wednesday, October 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Sunday. The site is located at the UTEP Schuster 1 Parking Lot off Schuster Avenue at the Spur 1966 roundabout, on the south side of the campus.

No appointments are needed. Testing is free and available to members of the community with or without COVID-19 symptoms. The tests, which are conducted by the State contractor HONU, collect nasal samples.

The new site will be in addition to the three existing sites at the following locations:

  • Nations Tobin Recreation Center; 8831 Railroad Drive
  • El Paso Community College Valle Verde Campus, 919 Hunter Drive
  • SISD’s Student Activities Complex, 1300 Joe Battle Boulevard

Test results from the State sites within the City will be provided via email within 2-3 days, and the public is reminded to check their junk/spam email folders for the emailed test results. If they do not have an email, they will receive a phone call.

For additional assistance regarding for the HONU results, email Covid19Help@honumg.com or call the help line at (844) 778-2455.

TEXAS MILITARY DEPARTMENT SITE

Additionally, the Texas Military Department Mobile Testing Team (TMD-MTT) will open a testing site at the Eastside Sports Complex at 14380 Montwood, near the intersection of Montwood and John Hayes.

The testing will begin Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Sunday.

Testing is free and available for anyone 5 years or older with or without symptoms. Test results will be provided via email within 2-3 days. For assistance regarding rural test results email help@txcovidtest.org or call (833) 213-0643.

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