Test Nebraska comes to North Platte

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. KNOP-TV Efforts to test people for the novel coronavirus continues throughout the state.

Test Nebraska site opened Monday in North Platte. Testing continues Tuesday at the Fire Barn in Thedford from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.. (Source: Beatriz Reyna/KNOP-TV)

It comes after Governor Pete Ricketts launched the "Test Nebraska" initiative to test 3,000 people each day in Nebraska.

On Monday, cars lined up to get tested for the virus at the North Platte Public School District's Bus Barn and Maintenance Building.

The U.S Army National Guard conducted the tests as part of a collaboration with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and the West Central District Health Department.

The goal is to forty people each hour.

"Anybody who is actually administering that test is a trained and certified medic," said U.S. Army National Guard 1st Lieutenant Kevin Peatrowsky. "The rest of us are here in support in order that they may get the job done, and as a whole, are out here in support of health and human services and the local health department."

Peatrowsky says many of the tests will be taken to the lab at CHI Health. Recently, some were shipped to Washington.

Officials say another testing will be held in the near future.

Testing continues Tuesday at the Fire Barn in Thedford from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m..