UTRGV opening COVID-19 drive-thru testing site in Harlingen

 
Monday, April 27, 2020 :: Office of the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs

UTRGV opening its fourth COVID-19 drive-thru testing site, this one in Harlingen

Dear Campus Community:

Beginning Tuesday, April 28, 2020, the UTRGV School of Medicine, through UT Health RGV, is opening its fourth drive-thru location offering COVID-19 screening.

The new location is in Harlingen, and will be open two days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Three previous testing sites – one in Edinburg, one in Brownsville and one in Mercedes – continue their testing operations.

Due to a decrease in demand at the Brownsville location, the site will be open three days a week, with personnel and resources moving to the Harlingen site the other two days.

Screenings at all four UT Health RGV testing sites are by appointment only.

Be assured that healthcare and security personnel will be present in Harlingen to ensure that drive-thru protocols are followed, such as:

  • Avoiding on-site congestion;
  • Utilizing test kits for those with significant symptoms; and
  • Ensuring that social distancing and other safety protocols are maintained.

The drive-thru sites are open to employees, students and the public, and on-site evaluation will be available by appointment only for those 18 years of age or older who qualify after telephone screening.

To make an appointment, call the UT Health RGV Patient Communications Center at 1-833-UTRGVMD (1-833-887-4863).

Individuals without insurance can get screened for COVID-19 at no cost. Results of the evaluation will be confirmed within days for those tested, and prescriptions for testing will be provided by UTRGV physicians at the point of care.

Individuals should arrive at the UT Health RGV drive-thru site with their identification.

If parents think their child has been exposed to COVID-19 and their child develops a fever and symptoms such as a cough or difficulty breathing, they should call their doctor’s office or one of our UT Health RGV Pediatric Specialty physicians for medical advice.

UTRGV will continue to work with local and state officials, as well as local hospitals, to ensure that mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and its impact on the community is a priority.

For additional questions about symptoms, prescriptions and UTRGV COVID-19 drive-thru appointment times, call 1-833-UTRGVMD.

Also, you can visit our website for the latest health information about COVID-19 and what do to do if you are feeling sick or think you have been exposed to the virus.

Source: Message was sent via email from the Office of the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs on April 27, 2020.