More COVID testing options in the works as Lincoln’s largest site closes due to weather 

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The COVID testing chaos continues around the capital city, as the demand for testing remains high.

Lincoln’s biggest testing site, Nomi Health, behind Gateway Mall, is closed Wednesday and Thursday this week due to the extreme cold weather.

“That’s at least 500 to 900 tests a day that we’re not able to offer so it’s really important for them (Nomi Health) to try and find a solution,” Health Director Pat Lopez said.

This comes after Nomi Health, the Utah-based company, was shut down this weekend due to frigid temps and road conditions from the winter storm.

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) says they have discussions with Nomi Health, sometimes two to three times a day.

“I just again reached out to them right before I came down here to find out what their plan is to address this so they can remain open and be available to our community,” Lopez said. “I haven’t checked all the weather situation in Utah but apparently not understanding what Nebraska winters are like when we can be 62 degrees one day and 20 the next has been a problem.”

Another local testing spot has changed gears too.

Bryan Health Urgent Care Clinics are now requiring appointments to get a COVID test or be seen at their three locations in Lincoln.

LLCHD says they’re working with Bryan and other medical clinics – adding more antigen tests to the facilities.

Another option by appointment only is the new testing center at the corner of Antelope Valley Parkway and ‘O’ Streets. That location opened up late last week by the LLCHD.

At-home COVID tests are also an alternative if you can find them.

“What we know from talking to retailers is, as soon as they come in they are sold out. But I do know you can go online and order them,” Lopez said. “Someone I was just talking to yesterday morning ordered 24 and should receive them this week so that’s something people can look into.”

They’re encouraging people to sign up for the free at-home COVID tests through the government.

LLCHD says they’re continuing to look at more testing options in the community. They say hopefully within the next 10 days they’ll have more information. But for now, they need your patience.

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