Public Health Mobile Units to provide drop-in testing for residents of Truro and surrounding communities

In response to the recent increase of potential COVID-19 public exposure notices in the Northern Zone and the resulting increase in demand for testing, Public Health’s Mobile Health Units will be in Truro on Thursday, January 14, 2021. In an abundance of caution, Public Health is encouraging anyone who was at any of the potential exposure sites announced in recent days to get tested (visit 
Drop-in testing will be available at Public Health’s Mobile Health Units, located at the NSCC Truro Campus, 36 Arthur St., from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. People are asked to look for the signs and register at the Mobile Health Unit vans located in the parking lot. Testing will take place in the lobby of the cafeteria. Additional dates may be added.
You may get tested if you:
  • have no symptoms
  • are not a close contact of a person with COVID-19
  • are not isolating because of travel outside of Nova Scotia, PEI or Newfoundland and Labrador
You do not need to self-isolate while you wait for your results. The testing method is standard PCR swab.
Please bring your health card with you, if you have one.
Please do not come to the drop-in site if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Instead, please book an appointment online by visiting:
Standard (PCR) testing is regularly available by appointment in Northern Zone at the following locations:
  • Truro COVID-19 Testing - 625 Abenaki Road, Truro
  • Truro Farmers Market - 15 Young Street, Truro
  • Pictou County Assessment Centre - 678 East River Road, New Glasgow
  • Amherst COVID-19 Testing - 34 Prince Arthur Street, Amherst
Appointments at these locations can be scheduled by completing a COVID-19 self-assessment online:
Please remember:
Visit to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:
  • fever or cough (new or worsening)
  • two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):
  • sore throat
  • runny nose
  • headache
  • shortness of breath
Currently, anyone travelling to Nova Scotia from outside of Nova Scotia, PEI or Newfoundland and Labrador is expected to self-isolate for 14 days after arriving.
All Nova Scotians are advised to continue monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms and are urged to follow Public Health guidelines on how to access care. Up to date information about COVID-19 is available at
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