Public Health Mobile Unit providing free PCR COVID-19 testing in Pictou Dec. 1

The Public Health Mobile Unit will be in Pictou on Dec. 1 to offer free PCR COVID-19 testing to all ages. The PCR swish and gargle test will be on site for ages 4 to 18.
Testing is free and available to anyone who:
• is experiencing symptoms
• has no symptoms (asymptomatic)
• has been to a potential exposure site, or
• is a close contact of a positive case of COVID-19.

The Public Health Mobile Unit will be available for booked appointments and drop-ins at the following location:

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 16 (1130 Veterans Dr., Pictou)
Wednesday, Dec. 1, from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Rapid antigen take-home tests will be available for pick-up – supply limited.

To book a COVID-19 test, please visit or call 811.
Drop-ins are based on availability.

Please bring your ID and health card if you have one.

*Please note*: With the recent increase in cases of COVID-19 and potential community spread, as a precautionary measure, Nova Scotia Health will open to community members who do not have symptoms (asymptomatic) to get tested at the New Glasgow COVID-19 Testing Centre:
Pictou County Assessment Centre (678 East River Rd., New Glasgow)
Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To see all of the upcoming Public Health Mobile Units and the COVID-19 Testing Centre locations, visit:

Important notes when visiting the mobile unit:
• Unless you have symptoms, you do not need to self-isolate while you wait for your results, unless directly advised by Public Health to isolate.
• The testing method is standard PCR swab or Swish and Gargle for children and youth. Preparation is required for gargle testing. View instructions.
• Please bring your health card with you, if you have one.
• When testing is offered outside, please dress accordingly.

In addition to media releases, all potential exposure notifications are listed here: