Public Health Mobile Units to take proactive testing to Pictou

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021

Public Health’s Mobile Units will be offering community-based testing this weekend in Pictou.

In an effort to keep COVID-19 under control in Nova Scotia, Public Health is travelling to communities where there are currently no active cases or potential exposures. This gives Public Health a way of detecting new cases before the virus moves into the community. Public Health’s Mobile Units are able to provide easier access to testing for rural and remote communities or those communities experiencing barriers related to testing elsewhere.

Public Health’s Mobile Units will be in Pictou this weekend for testing on Saturday, Feb. 6, and Sunday, Feb. 7, at the Royal Canadian Legion - Branch 16 (130 Veteran’s Dr, Pictou) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Public Health is encouraging anyone not experiencing any symptoms to get tested.

Appointments can be booked by filling out the self-assessment online at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en or if you don’t have access to the internet, by calling 811. Drop-in testing is still available, however, people are encouraged to book an appointment. Testing is available for all ages.

You may get tested at the Mobile Units if you:
have no symptoms
are not a close contact of a person with COVID-19, and
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 Swish and Gargle for children up to age 18. Preparation is required for gargle testing (http://www.iwk.nshealth.ca/COVID-19/testing#gargle)
Please bring your health card, if you have one.
You may have to wait in line outside; please dress accordingly.

Please do not come to mobile units if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Instead, please book an appointment online by visiting: https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en and select the option ‘I have symptoms’.

A reminder to Nova Scotians that there are 28 regular COVID-19 testing sites across the province. To find one closest to you visit: https://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting. Residents can book an appointment at any testing site across the province.

If, in the past 48 hours you have had, or are currently experiencing the following symptoms, visit: https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en to do a self-assessment:

fever or cough (new or worsening)
OR
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, P.E.I., 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 novascotia.ca/coronavirus