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There are three options for #COVID19 testing, detailed in this image: primary assessment centres, public health mobile units and pop-up rapid testing.
Unless otherwise specified, testing at primary assessment centres and public health mobile units is by appointment only. It is available for people of all ages. If drop-ins are being accepted, this will be noted in our promotions. Our testing teams have tried to accommodate drop-ins as well as booked appointments over the past few days to meet the rising need for testing. However, this is contributing to increased wait times for those with booked appointments and may discourage people from booking a needed test. Those wanting to be tested must book an appointment. Unfortunately, drop-ins will be turned away from these locations.
Drop-ins WILL be accepted today, April 27, at the public health mobile unit at Lake Echo Fellowship Baptist Church, Mineville from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. as capacity allows.
Available appointments at primary assessment centres and mobile units are posted three days in advance in our booking system. If you do not see an available appointment, please check back. When people cancel appointments, they also reappear in the booking system.
All of our primary assessment centres and public health mobile units offer gargle testing as an option for children and youth between the ages of 4 and 18. Children and youth must not eat, drink, chew gum, brush teeth, smoke or vape for at least one hour before the test. If children are practicing gargling at home, they must not gargle for at least two hours before their appointment.
Drop-in testing is available at rapid testing locations. These locations are for people 16 and older who do not have symptoms, have not been to an exposure location and have not come into contact with someone with COVID-19. Rotational workers cannot be tested at the rapid testing locations. #testtoprotect
Learn about all testing options here: www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting