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Public Health Mobile Unit returning to Dartmouth and Cape Breton for COVID-19 testing
Public Health’s Mobile Unit will be in Dartmouth and Cape Breton this week and next offering COVID-19 testing. In an effort to keep COVID-19 under control in Nova Scotia, Public Health’s mobile units provide easier access to testing.
Testing people who show no symptoms of COVID-19 (asymptomatic) is one of the main tools that has helped limit the spread of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia.
The Public Health Mobile Unit will be available for drop-in and pre-booked appointments at the following locations:
St. Vincent de Paul Church (320 Flying Cloud Drive, Dartmouth)
· Wednesday, June 23 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
· Thursday, June 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Holy Family Church (905 Main Street, Sydney Mines)
· Thursday, June 24 & Friday, June 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Open Hearth Park (190 Ferry Street, Sydney)
· Monday, June 28 & Tuesday, June 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Community members are encouraged to pre-book their testing appointments by completing the self-assessment online at http://www.nshealth.ca/public-health-mobile-units. If you don’t have access to the internet, call 811.
*Drop-in testing is based on capacity.
Important notes when visiting the mobile unit:
· Unless you have symptoms you do not need to self-isolate while you wait for your results, unless directly advised by Public Health to isolate.
· The testing method is standard PCR swab or Swish and Gargle for children and youth. Preparation is required for gargle testing. View instructions.
· Please bring your health card with you, if you have one.
· You may have to wait in line outside; please dress accordingly.
Public Health is encouraging all Nova Scotians to be tested regularly for COVID-19. If it has been over a week since your last test consider getting tested again, even if you are vaccinated. No vaccine is 100% effective. As a result, Nova Scotians are encouraged to continue making asymptomatic testing a regular part of their routine.
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