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Nebraska is buying 10 mobile units from Pacific Engineering Inc., including five of the trailers shown here, to deploy as mobile COVID-19 testing units across the state for Test Nebraska.

Even though it doesn’t feel like it right now — with summer-like 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.

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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.

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