Free COVID testing returns as numbers continue to rise

Cases of COVID-19 surged across Texas this summer, and for the most part, Van Horn appeared to have been spared from local outbreaks of the virus. That is no longer the case.

There are currently 40 active cases as of Friday, according to state data. 42 cases have been reported for the month of October so far. Since the pandemic began, Culberson County has seen a total of 97 cases and 2 deaths.

For the third time this year, the state plans to send personnel to Van Horn to conduct free public testing. On Monday, October 26, there will be a free COVID-19 testing event at the Karen D. Young Auditorium, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The tests will be self-administered oral swabs. It is available for anyone 5 years or older. Individuals do not need to be exhibiting symptoms to be screened. No appointment is needed and the testing is free and open to the public. Test results will be provided via e-mail within 2-3 days.