It doesn't appear Coronavirus is going away anytime soon, and with the emergence of the more transmissible omicron variant its important to stay vigilant.

If you traveled, partied and/or were part of a family get-together over the holidays it's a good idea to get tested even if you are vaccinated and boosted.

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Health officials are anticipating a post-holiday spike and the only way to really get a handle on a possible surge is through testing.

Who Should Get Tested and When

Here is what the Centers for Disease Control says about who should get a COVID-19 test and when:

• Those who have symptoms of COVID-19

• Those who have come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 should be tested to check for infection. Fully vaccinated people should be tested 5–7 days after their last exposure.

• People who are not fully vaccinated should get tested immediately when they find out they are a close contact. If their test result is negative, they should get tested again 5–7 days after their last exposure or immediately if symptoms develop.

Where to Get a Free Test in El Paso

City of El Paso Covid Clinics

There are 3 City of El Paso COVID-19 Clinics. All are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Testing is free and available for anyone 6 months or older with or without symptoms, however appointments are required and can be scheduled online via this link.

• 7380 Remcon
• 9566 Railroad
• 110 Candelaria St. (Ysleta Clinic)

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Mega Testing Sites

Testing at the mega sites are also free but do not require appointments. Mega site testing is available for anyone 5 years or older with or without symptoms 7 days a week Monday through Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at:

• UTEP, 3333 N. Mesa (Kern Drive) - Drive-Thru & and Walk-Up Testing
• County Sports Park, 1780 N. Zaragoza - Drive-Thru Testing
• Nations Tobin Park, 8831 Railroad Dr. - Drive-Thru Testing

• The Don Haskins Rec. Center, 7400 High Ridge, is also drive-thru but only open Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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