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Public Health Mobile Units offering additional COVID-19 testing Monday in various Zones
The Public Health Mobile Units will be offering drop-in COVID-19 testing in various locations in Central, Eastern and Western Zones this Monday. Testing is free and available to all ages.
In an effort to keep COVID-19 under control in Nova Scotia, Public Health Mobile Units provide easier access to testing. Testing people who show no symptoms of COVID-19 (asymptomatic testing) is one of the main tools that has helped limit COVID-19 spread in Nova Scotia. Nova Scotians are reminded that even if you have mild symptoms like a sore throat, a runny/congested nose or headache, you should get tested for COVID-19.
The Public Health Mobile Units will be available for pre-booked appointments or drop-in at the following locations on Monday, July 12:
· Margaree Fireman’s Club (7811 Cabot Trail Road, Margaree Forks)
10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
· Tantallon Public Library (3646 Hammonds Plains Road, Upper Tantallon)
1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
· Bridgetown Fire Hall (31 Bay Road, Bridgetown)
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 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.
· When testing is offered 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 testing a regular part of their routine.
Nova Scotians now have the option to access their results online at c19results.nshealth.ca. To be eligible to view results online, by email or by auto call, you need to bring a provincial health card or student ID with you to your testing appointment. It can take up to 72 hours to receive or access test results. It is not unusual for two or more family members to be tested at the same time and receive results at different times.
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