Public Health Mobile Units return to Truro on Friday to provide drop-in COVID-19 testing

Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021

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 return to Truro on Friday, Jan. 15. Public Health is encouraging anyone who was at any of the potential exposure sites announced in recent days to get tested (visit

Testing is available to everyone, regardless of whether they attended any of the potential exposure sites.

Drop-in testing will be available for a second day at Public Health’s Mobile Health Units, located at the NSCC Truro Campus, 36 Arthur St., from 9 a.m. to 2:30 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.

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

Important notes:
• You do not need to self-isolate while you wait for your results.
• The testing method is standard PCR swab or gargle for children up to age 18.
• Please bring your health card with you, if you have one.
• You may have to wait in line outside, so please dress accordingly.
• 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:

A reminder to residents that standard COVID-19 testing is available by appointment for anyone at the following Northern Zone locations:
• Truro COVID-19 Testing - 625 Abenaki Rd., Truro
• Truro Farmers Market - 15 Young St., Truro
• Pictou County Assessment Centre - 678 East River Road, New Glasgow
• Amherst COVID-19 Testing - 34 Prince Arthur St., 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 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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