Public Health Mobile Units to provide drop-in testing at Dalhousie this week

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, Jan. 25, 2021

With several cases of COVID-19 among post-secondary students in Halifax, Public Health is encouraging all students attending post-secondary institutions on the Halifax peninsula to get tested. Testing is recommended for students even if they have not travelled, have not been at a location listed in an exposure notice, and have no symptoms. Testing helps prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Drop-in testing will be available at Public Health’s Mobile Health Units on Tuesday, Jan. 26 and Wednesday, Jan. 27 at Dalhousie University (Goldberg Computer Science Building, University Avenue, Henry Street entrance) from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Testing at the Mobile Health Units is open to everyone, not just students.

You may get tested at the Mobile Health 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, Prince Edward Island, 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 View instructions.
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 the drop-in site if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Instead, please book an appointment online by visiting: https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en/

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 covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ 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, Prince Edward Island, 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