EL PASO, Texas — UTEP’s spring semester began Tuesday, but students returned to class at a time when Covid-19 cases continue to rise in the El Paso community.
UTEP President Heather Wilson sent a guide to staff members. In the letter, Wilson reiterated the importance of protecting each other.
“We appreciate the in-person education and are starting the semester as planned,” Wilson said.
Wilson said if a staff member is sick they should stay home. She urged the community to get vaccinated and boosted.
And she encouraged the UTEP community to wear masks on campus.
On Tuesday, the university moved its free COVID-19 testing site for university students and employees to the former honors house – located at 2090 Hawthorne Street. Testing will continue to be available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday at this location.
UTEP students can also be tested at the Student Health and Wellness Center, located on the first floor of the Union Building East.
A third testing option for the UTEP community is the City of El Paso COVID-19 Mega-Testing Site. This site is on UTEP property, located at 3333 N. Mesa at Kern drive. The site includes two lanes of travel reserved for UTEP students, employees and household members in the same vehicle.
Rapid test results are available by text or email within two hours, according to UTEP officials. The results of the PCR test will be available by SMS within 48 hours.
Officials said they were able to meet demand due to the multiple sites available on campus.