Public Health Mobile Units

Public Health Mobile Units are a part of Nova Scotia Health’s COVID-19 response by providing Nova Scotians quick and easy access to COVID-19 testing. This is a key strategy to keep our COVID-19 numbers low and minimize the spread of the virus. 
Public Health Mobile Units do this by:
  • Going to communities where there is an increase in positive cases and/or a number of potential exposure sites to add additional testing capacity in the area.
  • Going to rural communities where there are currently no active cases or potential exposures to provide more access to testing with a focus on preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. 

Upcoming Mobile Unit testing dates and locations:

The Public Health Mobile Units will be available for drop-in and pre-booked appointments at the following locations:​

Monday, April 19 

  • Mulgrave Fire Hall, 385 Murray Street, Mulgrave from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, April 20 

  • Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre, 606 Reeves Street, Port Hawkesbury from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, April 21 

  • St. Peter’s Lions Club, 32 Lions Avenue, St. Peter’s from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Community members are encouraged to pre-book their testing appointments at the mobile unit by completing the self-assessment online at If you don’t have access to the internet, call 811.

*Drop-in testing is based on capacity. It is recommended that you pre-book your appointment online.

Important notes:
  • Unless you have symptoms or have been advised otherwise, you do not need to self-isolate while you wait for your results. 
  • When a Mobile Unit visits a community they will typically offer both drop-in and pre-booked appointments.
  • If you have or have had symptoms of COVID-19, you must pre-book an appointment at the Mobile Unit so they know when to expect you.
  • Testing is available for all ages.
  • The testing method is standard PCR swab or Swish and Gargle for children and youth up to age 18. Preparation is required for gargle testing (
  • Results are typically available within 72 hours.
  • Please bring your health card with you, if you have one.
  • You may have to wait in line outside; please dress accordingly.
*Please note: If there is an emerging COVID-19 issue, the Public Health Mobile Units may have to be redeployed to another location to help with required testing causing a last-minute cancellation/rescheduling.