As El Paso County continues to grapple with hundreds of new positive COVID-19 cases on a daily basis and the expectation that the long Thanksgiving weekend will result in further community spread, health officials are urging residents who ignored pleas to forego gathering and traveling to get a COVID-19 test.

“If you did travel and/or gather please immediately self-quarantine, make an appointment to test 5 days after you returned from travel or gathered, and continue to self-quarantine until you receive your test results,” said Public Health Director Angela Mora in a statement released by the city.

Officials say it not only helps expose hot spots and track outbreaks, but 1 in 4 carriers do not show symptoms of being positive and are therefore unknowingly contributing to the spread.

Per the EPStrong.org website, free testing is available this week at the following locations to anyone with and without COVID-19 symptoms.

City of El Paso Drive Thru Testing

Testing is conducted Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., but you must first make an appointment by calling (915) 212-0783, or schedule one online.

• Central - Memorial Park, 1701 N. Copia St.
• East - Eastwood/Album Park, 3110 Parkwood St.
• East - Butterfield Trail Air Cargo Center, 301 George Perry
• West - Westside Community Rec Center, 7400 High Ridge Dr.

State Testing Drive Thru Sites

No appointments needed, however, once the daily capacity is met the site will be close. Testing is available daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to anyone 5 years or older.

• Ascarate Park, 6800 Delta
• El Paso Community College Valle Verde Campus, 919 Hunter Dr.
• Nation Tobin Recreation Center, 8831 Railroad Dr.
• SISD Student Activities Complex, 1300 Joe Battle Blvd.
• UTEP, Schuster 1 Parking Lot, off Schuster at the Spur 1966 roundabout
• Eastside Sports Complex, 14380 Montwood
• Region 19 Kenworthy Complex; 9776 Kenworthy

Testing is also being conducted at certain CVS and Walgreen’s pharmacies, Project Vida clinics, and WE Medical Labs in west El Paso. All the aforementioned locations require an appointment in advance. For additional information, visit EPStrong.org and click on the “Testing and Treatment” tab at the top of the page.

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