Coronavirus Update 4.24.20: Testing sites in District 29

Dear friend:

The Texas Military Department is providing mobile COVID testing in four places in and immediately adjacent to Senate District 29 today and tomorrow.

The locations – Fort Hancock and Van Horn today, Marfa and Alpine tomorrow – will be open for testing by appointment only. Individuals who are interested in testing may make an appointment through or 512-883-2400.

There is no cost for testing at these locations. However, individuals who want to be tested will be screened to determine whether they have one or more of the following symptoms:

Fever and/or chills
Cough (Dry or Productive)
Body aches/muscle or joint pain
Shortness of Breath
Sore Throat
Headaches *Nausea/Vomiting/Diarrhea
Nasal Congestion
Loss of Taste and/or Smell

The effort is a partnership among Texas Department of Emergency Management (TDEM), Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Texas Military Department, and the Emergency Medical Task Force.

Earlier this week, the City of El Paso Public Health Department expanded its testing criteria at the drive-thru site to include testing for the general public that are presenting symptoms.

The testing is free and a physician’s order or insurance is not required, however staff may still ask for orders and insurance as a part of the process. Qualifying individuals must not take any fever reducing medications prior to the appointment. If testing criteria is not met, the appointment and/or specimen collection at the site will be denied.

To make an appointment call (915) 212-0783 during operational hours of Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. The location of the collection specimen drive-thru site will be provided when the appointment is made. Instructions will be provided for those awaiting their results. Test results will be received between three (3) to seven (7) days.

Additional information is available at


José Rodríguez

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