Update on COVID-19 testing available in Cape Breton Regional Municipality effective May 28

SYDNEY, N.S. – COVID-19 testing options continue to be updated in Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) as cases continue to be identified. Testing people who show no symptoms of COVID-19 (asymptomatic testing) continues to be one of the main tools that helps limit COVID-19 spread in Nova Scotia. Getting a regular test and following public health guidelines will help efforts to contain the virus.

Updated effective, Friday May 28:

NEW – Public Health Mobile Unit, Knights of Columbus 3236 Plummer Ave., New Waterford
• Hours: Monday, May 31 and Tuesday, June 1, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Pre-booked appointments and drop-in; Please note: Drop-in testing is based on capacity. It is recommended that you pre-book your appointment online. People can pre-book their testing appointments at the Mobile Unit by completing the self-assessment online at https://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting. If you don’t have access to the internet, call 811.

Important notes when visiting the mobile unit:
• Unless you have symptoms, 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 at http://www.iwk.nshealth.ca/COVID-19/testing#gargle
• Please bring your health card with you, if you have one.
• You may have to wait in line outside; please dress accordingly.
• Testing is free to everyone.
• If, in the past 48 hours, you have had or are currently experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you can still get tested at the mobile unit, however, you must book your appointment so our team knows when to expect you.

ADDITIONAL DAYS – Northside General Hospital primary assessment centre – 520 Purves Street, North Sydney
• Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week (open Saturday, May 29 and Sunday, May 30)
• Appointment only. Book at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en or call 811.
• All ages, for those who have symptoms, no symptoms (asymptomatic), have travelled or been to a potential exposure site and have been a close contact of a positive COVID case.
• Gargle tests are available for children and youth. Children and youth must not eat, drink, chew gum, smoke or vape for at least an hour before the test.
• No rapid tests

Testing is also available at:

Grand Lake Road primary assessment centre - Grand Lake Road Fire Hall, 850 Grand Lake Rd., Sydney
• Hours: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., seven days a week
• Drop-in and by appointment. To book, visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en or call 811. If there are no available appointments online, consider dropping in.
• All ages, for those who have symptoms, no symptoms (asymptomatic), have travelled or been to a potential exposure site and have been a close contact of a positive COVID case.
• Gargle tests are available for children and youth (ages 4 to 18). Children and youth must not eat, drink, chew gum, smoke or vape for at least an hour before the test.
• Each person coming for testing will be assessed for risk level and given the appropriate test based on risk (rapid or standard).

Centre 200 - Rapid Testing pop-up site - 481 George St., Sydney
• Hours: Monday to Friday – 3 to 7 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday - 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Drop-in only
• For those who are 16+, asymptomatic (no symptoms), have not been at a potential exposure site.
• No gargle tests available

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 https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/

All potential exposure notifications are listed at http://www.nshealth.ca/covid-exposures.

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Provincial media line: 1-844-483-3344 or NSHAmedia@nshealth.ca

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