Public Health increasing COVID-19 testing capacity across the province to address areas of concern

The Covid Chronicle

**** NSHA Media Release

Public Health increasing COVID-19 testing capacity across the province to address areas of concern
In response to an increase in COVID-19 public exposures and the resulting heightened need for testing, Nova Scotia Health is offering​ additional testing​ in some key areas of concern across the province over the next few days.
Some areas of the province are showing multiple cases with an unknown source, particularly in the Sydney area, Bridgewater area and in the Annapolis Valley from New Minas to Kentville. Increased testing will help Public Health determine where the virus is, as well as, if and how it is spreading. Testing has been increased in these areas over the next few days. More options will be added, as needed.
Whether you live in an identified area of concern or not, COVID-19 is in our communities and testing is strongly encouraged in all zones. Testing people who show no symptoms of COVID-19 (asymptomatic testing) continues to be one of the main tools that has helped limit COVID-19 spread in Nova Scotia. Getting a regular test and following public health guidelines will help efforts to contain the virus.
Western Zone
Acadia Festival Theatre
504 Main Street, Wolfville
NOTE: All COVID tests that were booked for the Acadia University Club, Westwood Blvd, from Saturday, May 15 to Monday, May 17 will now be done at the Acadia Festival Theatre, 504 Main Street.
Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week
Berwick Fire Hall
300 Commercial Street, Berwick
Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week
210 Aberdeen Road, Bridgewater
Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week
Eastern Zone
Membertou Entertainment Centre
11 Chief Ben Christmas Awti’j, Membertou
Dates: Saturday, May 15 & Sunday, May 16 only
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Centre 200 – Rapid Testing pop-up site
481 George St., Sydney
Dates: Saturday May 15 & Sunday, May 16
Hours: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Drop-in only
  • For those who are 16+, asymptomatic (no symptoms), low potential exposure risk.
  • No gargle tests available
Grand Lake Road primary assessment centre
GLR Fire Hall, 850 Grand Lake Rd., Sydney
Hours: Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week (Closed this weekend. Reopens Monday, May 17.)
  • Drop-in AND by appointment. Book at http://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en or call 811.
  • All ages, for those who have symptoms, no symptoms (asymptomatic), have travelled or been to a potential exposure site and have been a close contact of a positive COVID case.
  • Gargle tests are available for children and youth (ages 4 to 18). Preparation is required for gargle testing. View instructions at​ http://www.iwk.nshealth.ca/COVID-19/testing#gargle
  • No rapid tests
Northern Zone
In response to a low-risk exposure notice in the community, a temporary location is opening in Parrsboro from May 19 to May 21.
South Cumberland Community Care Centre
50 Jenks Ave, Parrsboro
Dates: May 19, 20 & 21, 2021
Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • By appointment only.​ Appointments will be available to book on Mon., May 17. Book at​ http://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en. ​ Appointments cannot be made by calling South Cumberland Community Care Centre or Primary Health Care Clinic.
  • No walk-in service.
  • All ages, for those who have symptoms, no symptoms (asymptomatic), have travelled or been to a potential exposure site and have been a close contact of a positive COVID case.
  • Gargle tests are available for children and youth (ages 4 to 18). Preparation is required for gargle testing. View instructions at​ http://www.iwk.nshealth.ca/COVID-19/testing#gargle
Testing opportunities will be added, as needed, so continue to check for availability.
For more information on testing, or to book a test, visit here.
All Nova Scotians are advised to continue monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms and are urged to follow Public Health guidelines. Up to date information about COVID-19 is available at novascotia.ca/coronavirus.​
In addition to media releases, all potential exposure notifications are listed here:​ http://www.nshealth.ca/covid-exposures

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