COVID-19 testing in Edinburg closed on Monday, Jan. 17, due to MLK holiday

  Monday, January 10, 2022

By Letty Fernandez

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – UT Health RGV, clinical arm of the UTRGV School of Medicine, will conduct two drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites in Cameron County. 

  • The testing in Harlingen will open Tuesday, Jan. 11. 
  • A Brownsville testing site is set to open Tuesday, Jan. 18.  

Following are the current dates of operation for all UTRGV drive-thru testing sites:   

Week of Jan. 10-14   

  • Edinburg – Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., UTRGV CESS Building. By appointment only. 
  • Harlingen – Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., UTRGV Clinical Education Building parking lot at 2106 Treasure Hills Blvd. By appointment only. 


Week of Jan. 17-21 

  • Edinburg – Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., UTRGV CESS Building. By appointment only.   
  • Harlingen – Wednesday and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., UTRGV Clinical Education Building parking lot at 2106 Treasure Hills Blvd. By appointment only. 
  • Brownsville – Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., UTRGV Brownsville Campus Parking Lot B4, next to the UTRGV Police Department. By appointment only. 

The drive-thru testing site in Edinburg will continue by appointment at the UTRGV CESS Building, 1407 E. Freddy Gonzalez Drive and Expressway frontage.  

The Edinburg testing site will be closed Monday, Jan. 17, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

To make an appointment to be tested for COVID-19, call the UT Health RGV COVID-19 line at (833) 888-2268, or register on the patient portal at 

All drive-thru sites will be open to employees, students and the public for COVID-19 testing by appointment for those 5 years of age or older. Children 17 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  

For children 4 and younger, parents should call their doctor’s office, or contact the UT Health RGV Pediatric Specialty at (956) 296-1960 0r (833) 888-2268, for a COVID-19 pediatric testing appointment.  

Results of the COVID test will be available within 24 to 48 hours and will be posted in the Athena patient portal.  

Individuals should arrive at the drive-thru site with a photo ID and a copy of their appointment confirmation email.   

Those with insurance are asked to check their COVID-19 benefits. Uninsured patients will go through the Health Resources and Services Administration’s COVID-19 Uninsured Program.  


UT Health RGV continues to work with federal, state and local authorities to administer FDA-authorized and approved vaccines. People ages 5 and older can get a COVID-19 vaccine at one of 14 UT Health RGV Primary Care locations across the Valley.  

According to the CDC, “People with known current SARS-CoV-2 infection should defer vaccination at least until recovery from the acute illness (if symptoms were present) has been achieved and criteria to discontinue isolation have been met.”  

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 and are unclear about whether or when you should get the vaccine, please consult your physician or other medical professional.   

For additional questions about symptoms, prescriptions and UTRGV COVID-19 drive-thru appointment times, visit the website.  


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.