Public Health adding additional COVID-19 testing capacity in Eastern Zone

In response to the recent increase of potential COVID-19 public exposures and the resulting heightened demand for testing, Nova Scotia Health will be offering additional testing in Sydney on Sunday, April 25 and Monday, April 26. Dates and times may be extended depending on demand. 
Testing people who show no symptoms of COVID-19 (asymptomatic testing) continues to be one of the main tools that has helped limit COVID-19 spread in Nova Scotia.
The asymptomatic testing site will be located in the cafeteria of the Cape Breton Regional Hospital (1482 George St., Sydney). To access the site, the public will be asked to park in the back or side parking lots of the hospital, and enter through the rear entrance.
The testing clinic will be available for all ages, and drop-ins only from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You will be required to register upon arrival. Registration will close at 3:30 p.m. 
If you are symptomatic or have been at a potential exposure site and contacted by Public Health, do not attend the asymptomatic clinic. Instead, you can book appointment at any of the testing sites across the province by doing a COVID self-assessment online or by calling 811. 
Important notes when visiting the drop-in testing site:
  • Unless you have symptoms, you do not need to self-isolate while you wait for results.
  • Testing method is standard PCR swab or Swish & Gargle for children and youth up to age 18. Preparation is required for gargle testing. View instructions (PDF)
  • Please bring your health card if you have one.
  • You may have to wait in line outside; please dress accordingly.
  • Testing is free.
Please remember:
Do not go directly to other COVID-19 assessment centres without being directed to do so. Please book an appointment online or call 811 and do not go to a pop-up rapid testing location.  
All Nova Scotians are advised to continue monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms and are urged to follow Public Health guidelines. Up to date information about COVID-19 is available at
In addition to media releases, all potential exposure notifications are listed here: 
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