Public Health mobile units providing COVID-19 testing in Central, Northern and Eastern zones

In an effort to ensure all Nova Scotians have access to COVID-19 testing, especially those in rural communities where testing is not available nearby, the Public Health mobile units will be offering community-based testing for those who are eligible (experiencing symptoms or are close contacts).

To access testing at the mobile units, community members are still required to go through the online assessment to book a PCR test (if eligible) or rapid test at or by calling 811 if you don’t have access to the internet.

The mobile units will also offer a limited supply of rapid take-home tests to community members with no appointment required. This will be based on availability. However, if you require a test, you are encouraged to book an appointment.

The Public Health Mobile Unit will be in the following locations:

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 60
10778 Durham St., Pugwash
Wednesday, March 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Elmsdale Legion
850 Hwy. 2, Elmsdale
Thursday, March 17 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

North Sydney Fire Hall
14 Pierce St., North Sydney
Friday, March 18 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Please note:

Testing is free and available to all who meet eligibility requirements.
Please bring your health card if you have one.
When picking up test kits for someone else, including children, the appointment must be in their name, and their physical health card must be presented at pick-up.
You may have to wait in line outside; please dress accordingly.
Public Health mobile unit clinics are subject to weather conditions, so check for weather cancellations.

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

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