New testing tent erected at airport


October 1, 2020

Pilot photo

The borough's new 20x40 foot tent is erected on a parking area just outside the Alaska Airlines passenger exit gate at the James A. Johnson Airport. (Pilot Photo)

A new 20-ft. x 40-ft. tent has been erected at the Petersburg airport to provide shelter for hospital employees providing COVID testing services for passengers arriving at the airport each day.

Emergency operations center director Karl Hagerman said the new tent encompasses the same size footprint as the three tents and trailer that were in place this summer.

"The tent survived the wind test this weekend," according to Hagerman. The airport experienced wind gusts up to 40 mph and sustained winds of 20-25 mph on Saturday and Sunday.

The roof panels of the tent allow for fairly bright illumi...

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