**** NSHA Media Release
Public Health Mobile Units offering drop-in COVID-19 testing across the province
The Public Health Mobile Units will be heading to locations in all four zones this week and weekend to continue offering drop-in testing for COVID-19. Testing is free and available to all ages and all visitors.
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 and visitors to our Province 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 drop-in testing at the following locations:
- Halifax Transit Lacewood Terminal (320 Lacewood Dr., Halifax) – outdoors
Thursday, Aug. 19 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Rainbow Haven Beach Provincial Park (2249 Cow Bay Rd.) – outdoors
Friday, Aug. 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Ketch Harbour Community Hall (964 Ketch Harbour Rd.)
Saturday, Aug. 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Musquodoboit Harbour Farmers Market (7895 HWY 7)
Sunday, Aug. 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Northern Yacht Club (27 Seaview Dr., North Sydney)
Friday, Aug. 20 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- 17 Creighton Rd., Shubenacadie East – outdoors
Saturday, Aug. 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In the event of inclement weather, the clinic will be held in the Training Centre.
- Fisheries Museum (68 Bluenose Dr., Lunenburg – parking lot) – outdoors
Friday and Saturday, Aug. 19-20 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
*Outdoor Public Health Mobile Unit testing locations are weather dependent.
To see all the upcoming Public Health Mobile Unit locations visit: http://www.nshealth.ca/visit-covid-19-testing-site
While there are no COVID-19 vaccines available at these testing clinics, Public Health team members are available to support you with booking your next vaccine appointment and can answer any questions you may have.
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