Nova Scotia Health reminds you to test even if symptoms are mild and fill out the report and support screening form online or by phone to ensure you are considered for COVID-19 medication
Nova Scotians should continue to test for COVID-19 when they start to experience mild symptoms, such as sore throat, runny nose/nasal congestion, shortness of breath, cough, headache, fever (chills/sweats), nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
Time is of the essence when it comes to providing medication to those who test positive and may require early treatment.
The online Report and Support screening form is a way for people to identify themselves early and have their situation reviewed as quickly as possible.
Complete the Report and Support online screening form as soon as you book a PCR test or receive a positive rapid test result. Those who do not have internet access can call 1-833-797-7772 to have the form completed.
People in their 50s and above, and others with chronic medical conditions, are at a higher risk for serious disease and it is especially important they fill out the Report and Support online screening form.
Medications for early and mild COVID are recommended within 5 to 7 days of symptoms starting. Providing information in the report and support form in advance will allow timely assessment for medication/treatment for those with a positive PCR result.
Information from the form is also used to determine eligibility for other supports, such as from the COVID Community Virtual Care Team, or Public Health.
If a person tests negative on a PCR test, their information will not be used, and will be deleted. If a person has another PCR test in the future, they need to complete the Report and Support screening tool again.