Over 1,600 new COVID-19 cases were reported in El Paso last week, including a whopping 358 on Sunday (10/4), the most in a single day since early July. With the county seeing a surge once again, health officials encourage everyone to take advantage of no-cost tests being offered this week, Oct. 5 - Oct. 12.

The testing is open to any resident of El Paso County, with tests administered at a handful of county sites and three locations inside El Paso city limits. The nasal swabs continue to be conducted by the state contractor, HONU, inside city limits and by the Texas Military Department Mobile Testing Team in the county's rural communities. Testing is available to anyone 5 years or older with or without symptoms.

State Testing Sites City of El Paso

No appointments needed, however, once the daily capacity is met the site will be closed for the day to additional testing.

• Nations Tobin Recreation Center; 8831 Railroad Dr., 7 days a week, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• El Paso Community College Valle Verde Campus, 919 Hunter Dr., 7 days a week, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• SISD Student Activities Complex, Sunday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.,

State Testing El Paso County

The Drive-thru testing locations posted below will be operational from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the specific dates and locations only, and available on a first come, first serve basis. No appointment necessary, however, once the daily capacity of 500 is met the site will be closed to additional testing.

October 5, West Valley Fire Department; 510 Vinton Rd., Anthony, TX
October 6, Horizon First Baptist Church; 17018 Darrington Road, Horizon City, TX
October 7, El Paso County ESD #2 Fire Station; 11440 N. Loop, Socorro, TX
October 8, Horizon First Baptist Church; 17018 Darrington Road, Horizon City, TX
October 9, El Paso County ESD #2 HQ, 16001 Socorro Rd., Fabens, TX
October 12, Montana Vista Fire Station #2; 5411 Paso View Dr., El Paso, TX