Update on COVID-19 testing in Eastern Zone

SYDNEY, N.S. – Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation in Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Health has updated its testing options throughout Eastern Zone. Below is a list of updated testing information, effective today, Sunday, May 2:

Grand Lake Road Primary Assessment Centre - Grand Lake Road Fire Hall, 850 Grand Lake Rd, Sydney
• Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week
• Appointment only. To book, visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en or call 811. *Additional appointments are opening for today, Sunday, May 2. Please check back often for availability.
• 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.
• No rapid tests.

Membertou Entertainment Centre Primary Assessment Centre - 11 Chief Ben Christmas Awti’j, Membertou
• Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week
• Drops in AND by appointment. To book, visit 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.
• 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: Sunday, May 2 from 12 to 4 p.m., Monday, May 3 to Friday, May 7 from 3 to 7 p.m.
• Drop-in only.
• For those who are 16+, asymptomatic (no symptoms), deemed low potential exposure risk.
• No gargle tests available.

Riverview High School
All students and staff do not need to get tested; only those contacted directly by Public Health need tests. Riverview High School students contacted by Public Health directly are considered high risk, and should make an appointment at the Grand Lake Road Primary Assessment Centre or make an appointment or drop-in to the Membertou Entertainment Centre Primary Assessment Centre for testing.

Riverview High School students NOT contacted by Public Health can choose to monitor for symptoms, or get tested at Centre 200 Rapid Testing pop-up (pending age and if asymptomatic) or Membertou Entertainment Centre Primary Assessment Centre.

Parents and guardians of Riverview High School students are asked to monitor for symptoms at this time.

All other Primary Assessment Centre sites in Eastern Zone have adapted their hours. For the most up-to-date information, visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en or call 811.

Please note:
• For locations that require an appointment, please book online at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en. If you don’t have access to the internet, call 811.
• Swish and Gargle is available at primary assessment centres and mobile units for children and youth up to age 18. Preparation is required for gargle testing. View instructions at https://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.
• It may take longer than 72 hours to receive a negative result by email.
• Testing is free to everyone.
• 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 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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