Earlier this week, residents and motorists near the intersection of Riverdale and Lakeview noticed large, quonset hut-like tents and an  array of EZ Ups in the parking lot of the Kaiser Permanente building.

Yesterday, it popped up on Nextdoor.com and created a stir, with comments such as: “Does anyone have info on what this is about? Why this is being done? Is this a City thing? A County thing? This is a Testing and/or Containment area being setup in our local neighborhood!!!! Has anyone been informed about this?”

Earlier today, Kaiser Permanente’s senior public affairs director John Stratman issued a statement explaining the purpose of the tents:

“Late Tuesday afternoon Kaiser Permanente set up a series of tents in the parking lot of our Lakeview Medical Office Building. The purpose of the tents was solely to do a trial, logistical run, should the County and/or Kaiser Permanente experience a surge of potentially infected COVID-19 (Coronavirus) individuals in need of drive through testing. Let me stress, this was only a test for our future planning purposes should the need arise. Please know that any tents and infrastructure currently in place, will be removed after we have finalized our proof of concept, pending any inclement weather.”