Even though it doesn’t feel like it right now — with summerlike temperatures in the 80s — winter is coming.
And COVID-19 doesn’t look like it’s going away anytime soon.
That presents a problem for Nebraska’s mobile testing operations, especially those set up in tents outside.
Earlier this week, Bryan Health moved its COVID-19 testing site from a tent at its Bryan LifePointe center near 27th Street and Pine Lake Road, to a former auto repair shop at Antelope Valley Parkway and O Street so it could have a place more protected from the elements.
Test Nebraska has similar issues, often operating out of tents or, in the case of its Lincoln site, under a parking deck.
But that will soon change.
The state signed a contract last month to buy 10 mobile structures from Pacific Engineering Inc., a small local business that makes products for the U.S. military.
Osie Combs, a retired Navy rear admiral who is the president of Pacific Engineering, said that when the pandemic hit, the company started thinking about ways it could transition from providing war-fighting products, such as components for ships and submarines, to helping fight the war against COVID-19.
Company Vice President Dexter Myers said they looked at the mobile testing sites, most of which are housed in large tents, and realized something better was needed.