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COVID-19 testing at Halifax's airport starts next week

As of Tuesday, passengers getting off a plane will be handed a self-swab kit
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Halifax Stanfield International Airport (Meghan Groff/

Nova Scotia will start voluntary testing for incoming travellers at Halifax Stanfield International Airport next week.

As of Tuesday, passengers getting off a plane will be handed a self-swab kit.

"If they arrive during the day, they will do their swab on-site and Nova Scotia Health will have staff available to help, if necessary," explained Dr. Robert Strang.

Those health workers will be at the airport daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

"If they arrive in the late evening or overnight, they will take the kit with them to where they are self-isolating," added the chief medical officer of health. "The swab has to be done within 48 hours and then dropped off at a primary assessment centre."

These will be PCR tests, can be taken by anyone aged five and older, and results will be ready within 72 hours of the sample being dropped off.

Premier Iain Rankin said, even if the test comes back negative, self-isolation is still required for a full 14 days.

"One negative test does not confirm that you do not have COVID," he said.

The province recommends a second test on day 12, 13 or 14 of a quarantine.

Meghan Groff

About the Author: Meghan Groff

Born in Michigan, raised in Ontario, schooled in Indiana and lives in Nova Scotia; Meghan is the editor for CityNews Halifax.
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