National Guard to conduct COVID-19 testing in Van Horn

One of 25 sites that can test up to 150 people

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas National Guard will be mobilizing more than 1,200 personnel as part of COVID-19 mobile testing teams (MTT). The 45 member teams will be mobilized in various parts of the state providing greater access to medical testing.

This announcement comes as Texas currently ranks second-worst in the nation for COVID-19 testing. As of April 22, Culberson County has no confirmed cases of COVID-19.

On Friday, April 24, a mobile testing center in Van Horn will be open from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. All tests will need to be scheduled in advance and patients will receive an appointment for their test. Citizens should not visit the testing site without an appointment.

A drive-thru will be designated at the local Convention Center, 1801 W. Broadway, in the front driveway with markers and directors to guide the process.

Citizens and first responders in the area can now utilize the call center to schedule their testing by calling 512-883-2400. You can also register online for the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 Test at and this online screening tool currently requires text messaging. Appointments can only be made 48 hours in advance. Bilingual operators should be available to take calls.

This is a collaborative initiative between DSHS, Texas Division of Emergency Management, Texas Military Department, the RACs (HPP Providers), and the TX EMTF.

To be eligible for testing, you must have one or more symptoms of COVID-19. Symptoms include:

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

Other West Texas sites:

• Friday April 24 – 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Ft. Hancock-Benito Martinez Elementary, 460 Knox Ave., Fort Hancock, TX 79839

Van Horn-City Hall/Convention Center, 1801 W. Broadway St., Van Horn, Texas 79855

• Saturday April 25 – 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Marfa-Marfa Visitor Center, 302 South Highland Avenue, Marfa, Texas 79843

Alpine-North Brewster County Emergency Response Center- 102 S. 2nd Street, Alpine, TX 79830

• Sunday April 26th 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Presidio- City of Presidio EMS and Fire Station, 100 E. FM 170, Presidio, Texas 79845

Terlingua- South Brewster County Emergency Response Center- 23250, FM 170, Terlingua, TX 79852.


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