Visit a COVID-19 testing site

As we move into a stage of living with COVID-19 in our daily lives, asymptomatic testing will begin to shift away from routine testing to focus on those that are at the highest risk level of contracting and spreading the virus.
 
Reducing our asymptomatic testing does not mean that we are being less vigilant about containing the virus. Because more people are vaccinated, the chance of transmission is very low. Therefore, there will be less virus circulating. 
 
The following groups are able to access asymptomatic testing: 
  • Close contacts of confirmed cases. 
  • People who have been at a community exposure location.
  • Travellers entering the province from outside of Nova Scotia but from within Canada (not related to outbound travel or federal testing requirements for international travel).
  • Individuals who have screened positive on a rapid antigen test (e.g. through workplace screening) and require a confirmatory test.
  • Pre-procedure (pre-surgery, etc.) for patients when required.
 
Symptomatic testing will still be easily accessible for anyone with a new or worsening cough; OR two or more of the following: fever (chills, sweats), shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose/nasal, congestion, headache.
 
COVID-19 testing centres can be found across the province and offer COVID-19 testing by appointment.
 
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 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.
 
Please note:
  • COVID-19 testing centres and Public Health Mobile Units offer PCR COVID-19 testing (not rapid tests). 
  • Swish and gargle testing for children between the ages of 4 and 18 are also available at these locations.
  • Testing is for all ages
  • Testing is free
  • You do not need to have a health card to get tested
  • All locations can accept self-swab drop-offs, unless indicated otherwise.

COVID-19 testing locations

Central Zone (Halifax Regional Municipality, Eastern Shore and West Hants areas)

  • Dartmouth - Burnside Dartmouth Crossing - Former Bouclair, 72 Finnian Row DIRECTIONS
    • By appointment only Book now
    • ​​Open from 8 a.m. to 7:10 p.m. every day
       
  • ​Dartmouth - Dartmouth General Hospital Drive Through DIRECTIONS
    (​Note: Behind Dartmouth General Hospital off Mount Hope Avenue)
    • By appointment only Book now
    • Open 8 a.m. to 7:10 p.m. every day
       
  • Halifax - Bayers Lake 194 Chain Lake Drive (former Bouclair Home, next to Canadian Tire) DIRECTIONS
    • By appointment only Book now
    • Open from 8 a.m. to 7:10 p.m. every day 
       
  • Halifax - Duc d’Anville Elementary (in the gym), 12 Clayton Park Drive, Halifax DIRECTIONS
    • Booked appointments – Drop-ins based on availability Book now
    • Open Friday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
       
  • Halifax - Halifax Multipurpose Centre.  6210 Young St. DIRECTIONS
    • By appointment Book now
    • Open from 8 a.m. to 7:10 p.m. every day
       
  • Halifax - Pavillion 20 DIRECTIONS
    • By appointment Book now
    • Open daily from 8 a.m. to 7:10 p.m.
    • There are 12 designated free parking spots for testing clients at this location
       
  • Porters Lake Plaza, 61 Stella Dr., Porters Lake DIRECTIONS
    • By appointment Book now
    • Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 pm.
       
  • Sheet Harbour - Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital DIRECTIONS
    • By appointment only Book now
    • Monday to Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
    • Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
       
  • IWK Health Centre - Main Floor Goldbloom DIRECTIONS
    • By appointment only Book now
    • Open daily from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Mobile Units:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 19 - East Preston Recreation Centre, 24 Brooks Dr. (Drop in only)
    DIRECTIONS

Eastern Zone (Cape Breton, Antigonish and Guysborough areas)

  • Antigonish - Antigonish Market Square, 149 Church St. Unit 686 DIRECTIONS
    • By appointment Book now
    • Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (closed on holidays)
       
  • Baddeck - Victoria County Memorial Hospital DIRECTIONS
    • By appointment only Book now​
    • Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (closed on holidays)
       
  • Canso - Eastern Memorial Hospital DIRECTIONS
    • ​​​By appointment only Book now
    • Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (closed on holidays)
       
  • Cheticamp - Sacred Heart Community Health Centre DIRECTIONS
    • ​​​By appointment only Book now
    • ​​​​​​​Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
       
  • Inverness - 15763 Central Ave, Inverness DIRECTIONS
    • ​​​By appointment only Book now​
    • Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (closed on holidays)
       
  • Neil's Harbour - Buchanan Memorial Community Health Centre DIRECTIONS
    • ​​​By appointment only Book now
    • Monday to Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    • Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
       
  • ​​Port HawkesburyCauseway Shopping Centre DIRECTIONS​​​​​
    • ​​​By appointment only Book now
    • Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
       
  • Sydney - Grand Lake Road Fire Hall DIRECTIONS
    • By appointment Book now
    • Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  
    • Tuesday and Thursday from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Sydney Mines - Harbourview Hospital DIRECTIONS
    • By appointment Book now
    • Wednesday, Thursday & Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
       
  • Paq'tnkek Health Centre - 128 Saqamaw Rd DIRECTIONS
    • By appointment Book now
    • Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
       
  • Wagmatcook (Baddeck Area) - Wagmatcook Health Centre DIRECTIONS
    • By appointment Book now
    • Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
       
  • Waycobah - Waycobah Health Centre DIRECTIONS
    • By appointment Book now
    • Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.​

Northern Zone (Colchester County and Municipality of East Hants, Cumberland County and Pictou County)

  • Amherst - 34 Prince Arthur St. DIRECTIONS
    • By appointment Book now
    • Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
       
  • New Glasgow - Pictou County Assessment Centre 678 East River Road DIRECTIONS
    • By appointment Book now
    • Open from  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
       
  • Truro - Colchester East Hants Health Centre, 600 Abenaki Rd., Truro DIRECTIONS
    • ​Drive-thru, outside emergency department (Trailer)
    • By appointment Book now
    • Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Site closing October 19 at 5 p.m.
       
  • Truro - Rath Eastlink Community Centre, Senior's Clinic Entrance, 625 Abenaki Road DIRECTIONS
    • ​​NEW site as of October 20, 2021 at 9 a.m.
    • By appointment Book now
    • Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mobile Units: ​​​

  • There are currently no visits scheduled.  Please check back for updates.

Western Zone (Annapolis Valley, South West and South Shore areas)

  • Berwick - Berwick Fire Hall DIRECTIONS
    • ​​​By appointment only Book now
    • Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12p.m. to 8 p.m.
       
  • Bridgewater - 210 Aberdeen Rd. DIRECTIONS
    • ​​​By appointment only Book now
    • Open every day  from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
       
  • Digby - Digby Station DIRECTIONS
    • By appointment Book now
    • Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
       
  • Kentville Visitor Information Centre - 125 Park Street, Kentville (DIRECTIONS)
    • Drop in or by appointment Book now 
    • Open daily Friday, October 22 until Friday, November 5 from 10:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
       
  • ​Liverpool - Queens General Hospital Foundation Ledvina Building, 157 School Street DIRECTIONS
    • By appointment Book now
    • Monday, Wednesday, Friday only from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
    • Closed Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays
       
  • Shelburne - Roseway Hospital DIRECTIONS
    • By appointment only  Book now
    • Monday, Wednesday, Friday only from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    • Closed Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays
       
  • Wolfville - Acadia University Club (Take Road off Main Street, next to Apple Blossom Dental Main Entrance) DIRECTIONS
    • ​​​By appointment only Book now
    • Monday and Wednesday from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    • Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
       
  • Yarmouth - Mariners Centre DIRECTIONS
    • By appointment Book now
    • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Mobile Units: ​​​

  • There are currently no visits scheduled.  Please check back for updates.