Health Information

West Texas A&M University is working closely with The Texas A&M System regarding the CDC 2022 U.S. monkeypox outbreak. According to the CDC, the general threat of monkeypox to the public is considered low at this time.  Please see the following CDC guidance for monkeypox signs and symptoms: 

For questions related to monkeypox or other health issues, please contact your physician, Student Medical Services or the Amarillo or Canyon Health Department.

COVID-19 Information

Faculty and Staff

A WTAMU employee should get tested if:

  • You have COVID-19 symptoms
    • Get tested immediately. Follow quarantine guidelines while waiting for results.
    • Follow physician guidance.
  • If you had close contact with someone with COVID-19
    • Get tested 5 days after exposure. Follow quarantine guidelines while waiting for results.

If you test positive for COVID-19:

There are several options for testing, many can be taken in the comfort of your own home.

Free Mail-order Tests

  • Every home is eligible to order 4 rapid antigen COVID-19 tests through the US government. Tests can be ordered through the webpage.

Express Scripts Pharmacy

  • Faculty and staff can order up to 8 at-home COVID-19 tests every 30 days.

Local Pharmacies

There may be up-front charges for COVID-19 tests if purchased at local pharmacies. Those charges are reimbursable via your employer provided insurance. Visit the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas website for additional information regarding coverages.

In Canyon:

Canyon Faith Medical Clinic (Walk-In)
1619 4th Ave
Canyon, Tx

Care Xpress Urgent Care
911 23rd Street
Canyon, Tx

WTAMU-provided Home Test Kits

  • Take home tests are available for staff and faculty through Central Supply. Use the Faculty PPE Request Form to obtain home test kits.
  • Please note home test kits are in limited supply and are not intended for routine testing.
  • These kits are also available to students if traveling for WTAMU events or functions

Through Student Medical Services

  • COVID-19 testing is available via appointment with Student Medical Services (dial 3287)
  • COVID-19 vaccines are available at Student Medical Services. Call 806-651-3287 for additional information or to make an appointment.


Students may obtain COVID-19 testing via appointment with Student Medical Services. Call 806-651-3287 to make an appointment. Take home tests are available for students traveling for university sponsored events. Use the Student PPE Request Form to request take home test kits. Be sure to indicate the number of tests needed based on travel destination requirements. If you test positive for COVID-19, please self-isolate and complete a WTAMU Absence Notification Form

COVID-19 vaccines are available at Student Medical Services. Call 806-651-3287 for additional information or to make an appointment.

How You Can Help

A few easy things we can all do include:

  • Consider wearing a mask
  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid shaking hands
  • Disinfect frequently touched objects using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with those who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

West Texas A&M will continue to work with federal, state and local officials to monitor potential risks. If conditions change, we will update our campus community.