Mobile unit offering additional COVID-19 testing this week

In response to the overwhelming number of Nova Scotians who have come forward to get tested for COVID-19 in the past week, Public Health is continuing to increase the availability of testing. 
 
Asymptomatic testing (that is, testing people who show no symptoms of COVID-19) continues to be one of the main tools that has helped limit COVID-19 spread in Nova Scotia. 
 
The Public Health Mobile Unit will be available for drop-in and pre-booked appointments at the following locations:
 
Brooklyn Civic Centre (995 NS-215, Brooklyn, Hants Co. - behind the fire station)
  • Thursday, March 4, Friday, March 5 and Saturday March 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  
  • Sunday, March 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
 
New Minas Fire Department (6 Jones Rd, New Minas) 
  • Thursday, March 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
 
*Appointments can now be pre-booked for this location.
 
Community members are encouraged to pre-book their testing appointments at the Mobile Units by completing the self-assessment online at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en. If you don’t have access to the internet, call 811. 
 
*Drop-in testing is based on capacity. It is recommended that you pre-book your appointment online.
 
Important notes when visiting the Mobile Unit:
 
  • You do not need to self-isolate while you wait for your results unless you have symptoms. 
  • The testing method is standard PCR swab or Swish and Gargle for children up to age 18. Preparation is required for gargle testing. View instructions <http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=0016OhBWPHJdEn847gGuERw33R_mAiDTJwdCfc-6uxGo...
  • Please bring your health card with you, if you have one.
  • You may have to wait in line outside; please dress accordingly.
  • If, in the past 48 hours, you have had or are currently experiencing the symptoms listed below you can still get tested at the Mobile Unit, however, you must book your appointment so our team knows when to expect you.
Public Health is also increasing testing capacity by opening additional appointments at the Primary Assessment Centres in Bridgewater (Gateway Plaza), Liverpool (157 School Street) and Shelburne (Roseway Hospital). Anyone in Nova Scotia can book an appointment at any of the 28 testing sites across the province by doing a self-assessment online https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en or by calling 811. 
 
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.
 
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
  • any 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 or PEI 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