Wednesday, January 19, 2022

By News and Internal Communications

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – The UT Health RGV drive-thru COVID-19 testing site in Brownsville will be open again Thursday, Jan. 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the UTRGV Brownsville Campus Parking Lot B4, next to the UTRGV Police Department. 

The drive-thru tests will be available, by appointment, to UTRGV students, faculty, staff, and the general public.  

To make an appointment to be tested for COVID-19, register online at the UT Health RGV patient portal at   

All UT Health RGV drive-thru sites will be open to employees, students and the public for COVID-19 testing by appointment. Children 17 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  

Results of the COVID test 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.   

TESTING SCHEDULE: Week of Jan. 24-28   

  • Edinburg – Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., UTRGV CESS Building, 1407 E. Freddy Gonzalez Drive at Expressway frontage. By appointment only, for those 5 years of age or older. Children 17 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Edinburg only: For children 4 and younger, parents should call their doctor’s office, or contact the UT Health RGV Pediatric Specialty at (956) 296-1960 for a COVID-19 pediatric testing appointment.

Harlingen – Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 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.  


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.