Update on COVID-19 testing locations for Eastern Zone

SYDNEY, N.S. – Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation in Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Health continues to update its testing options in Eastern Zone. Here is a list of updated testing information, effective today, May 8, 2021:

Grand Lake Road primary assessment centre – GLR Fire Hall, 850 Grand Lake Rd., Sydney
• Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week
• 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 (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
• Drop-in AND by appointment. 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.
• 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.
• Drop-in only
• For those who are 16+, asymptomatic (no symptoms), low potential exposure risk.
• No gargle tests available

Antigonish Market Square primary assessment centre – 149 Church St., Antigonish
• Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., seven days a week
• 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

Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre primary assessment centre – 606 Reeves St., Port Hawkesbury
• Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• 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.
• Each person coming for testing will be assessed for risk level and given the appropriate test based on risk (rapid or standard).

Strait Richmond Hospital primary assessment centre – 138 Hospital St., Evanston
• Relocated to the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre primary assessment centre – 606 Reeves St., Port Hawkesbury

Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital’s Primary Assessment Centre – 39 James St., Inverness
• Relocated to the Inverness Community Health Centre, 39 James St., Inverness. Watch for signage. Please use Maple Street parking and enter through the building’s side emergency door. Appointment only. Book at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en or call 811.

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 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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