COVID-19 Rapid Testing
Pathology & Laboratory Services
Public Health

Rapid antigen testing has become a common tool for Nova Scotians to determine if they have COVID-19, helping to prevent further spread of the virus.

Rapid tests are done by collecting a sample from your throat and each nostril, using a swab.

Most rapid tests produce a result within 10 to 20 minutes and results are interpreted by the person using it. It is very important to read the instructions carefully for the specific rapid test you are using because there are small differences between different type.

Rapid test instructions

Find instructions below for each type of rapid test. To identify the type of test you have, look at the outside packaging, one of these brands will be on the package.

Visit a rapid testing pop-up site

Rapid testing pop-ups visit areas across the province in communities where access to testing is limited (far from testing centres) or where there is a higher rate of COVID cases. These pop-ups are where people can either take a rapid test on-site or pick up tests to take home. No screening or assessment is required to access tests through the pop-ups and testing is available to all ages. Tests are limited to one kit per person and supply is based availability.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

  • Alderney Gate Building, 60 Alderney Dr, Dartmouth (DIRECTIONS) from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax (DIRECTIONS) from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Windsor Legion, 35 Empire Ln, Windsor (DIRECTIONS) from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
  • Dr Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre, 6 Main St, Springhill (DIRECTIONS) from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 20, 2022

  • Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax (DIRECTIONS) from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Enfield Fire Hall, 273 Highway #2, Enfield (DIRECTIONS) from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
  • Tatamagouche Legion, 80 Queen St, Tatamagouche (DIRECTIONS) from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
  • Arichat OLA Parish Hall 2318 NS-206, Arichat (DIRECTIONS) from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Friday, January 21, 2022

  • Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax (DIRECTIONS) from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Chester Basin Fire Dept , 5430 Highway #3, Chester Basin (DIRECTIONS) from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
  • Pictou Legion, 130 Veterans Dr, Pictou (DIRECTIONS) from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. 
  • St. Peter's Lions Club, 39 Lions Ave, St. Peter's (DIRECTIONS) from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 22, 2022

  • Alderney Gate Building, 60 Alderney Dr, Dartmouth (DIRECTIONS) from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax (DIRECTIONS) from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Glace Bay Legion (Royal Canadian Legion Branch 3), 43 Union St, Glace Bay (DIRECTIONS) from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, January 23, 2022

  • Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax (DIRECTIONS) from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Knights of Columbus (KOC) Hall, 3236 Plummer Ave, New Waterford (DIRECTIONS) from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Find information for people who have tested positive for COVID-19 on a rapid test at https://www.nshealth.ca/testedpositiveforcovid

You will receive a text with your negative result. If you do not receive your negative result, please reply to the text you received upon registration for rapid testing.

It’s important to note: A negative result on the rapid test is not a guarantee. You could still develop or be exposed to COVID-19 in the coming days. As such, it’s important to continue to protect yourself and others by continuing to wear a mask, washing your hands, maintaining social/physical distance and sticking to a small social bubble.

Please be aware that due to high volumes, you may experience a long wait outside. Please dress for conditions. People with mobility challenges may wish to pre-book appointments at standard COVID-19 testing centres.

Important Reminders

  • It is important you follow the instructions for the brand or type of test.
  • Rapid testing is not valid for travel-related isolation requirements.
  • Rapid testing is approved for all ages; for infants and children please adjust the way you use the test for the smaller nostril size as indicated on the testing instructions.
  • A positive rapid test is now considered a positive case of COVID-19 – no further testing is required. You may continue to test positive for up to 90 days, even though you are no longer infectious. Therefore, do not keep testing until you get a negative result.
  • If you have a positive rapid test, self-isolate immediately, report your positive test online at https://c19hc.nshealth.ca/self-report/ and follow the online instructions found here: nshealth.ca/testedpositiveforcovid  
  • If you are using a rapid test because you have symptoms or are a close contact, please follow the instructions found here: nshealth.ca/information-covid-19-close-contacts