The testing will be free but you’re being urged to make your appointments at least 24 hours in advance. You can set an appointment online at www.txcovidtest.org or by calling 512-883-2400.

This offer of free testing comes after Mayor Dee Margo says he contacted Gov. Greg Abbott following the recent spike in Covid-19 cases. Last week saw the highest one-day total of Covid-19 related deaths so far with 11 El Pasoans succumbing to the disease.

This all transpired very quickly. The seven fatalities happened on Thursday, May 7th. Margo contacted Abbott on Friday. The state’s Rapid Response team arrived in El Paso on Saturday and the first tests are being administered today, Monday May 11th.

The rapid response team will be offering free testing through Saturday, at least. Here are the locations and schedules given to the El Paso Times:

MONDAY MAY 11

  • Armijo Recreation Center at 710 E 7th Street
  • Nations Tobin Park at 8831 Railroad Drive
  • The public library at 12480 Pebble Hills Blvd.
  • Memorial Swimming Pool 3251 Copper.

TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY, MAY 12-13

  • The Library location at 12480 Pebble Hills
  • Memorial Swimming Pool on Copper

THURSDAY THRU SATURDAY, MAY 14-16th.

  • Armijo Recreation Center at 710 E 7th Street
  • Nations Tobin Park at 8831 Railroad Drive
  • The public library at 12480 Pebble Hills Blvd.
  • Memorial Swimming Pool 3251 Copper.

The testing is being done as a drive thru so people won’t have to get out of their cars. They’re asking that only people with symptoms of COVID-19 and members of high-risk categories, such as the elderly and the immuno-compromised, make appointments for the free testing.

In addition, the City and State Departments of Emergency management has announced they’re going to do more free testing in some of the rural and outskirt areas of El Paso.

TUEDSDAY MAY, 12

  • Fabens Fire Station
  • Montana Vista Fire Station

WEDNESDAY, MAY 13

  • San Elizario Fire station
  • Horizon First Baptist Church
  • West Valley Fire Department in Vinton

Again, they’re asking only people with symptoms or in high-risk groups to make appointments AND the appointments need to be made 24 hours in advance at www.txcovidtest.org or by calling 512-883-2400.