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Mobile COVID testing unit heading to Mineville area

The testing unit will be set up early this coming week in response to a rise in Central Zone COVID-19 exposure notices and testing demand
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Public Health mobile testing unit

Nova Scotia Public Health's mobile testing unit is heading to the Mineville area near Lake Echo this coming week.

The mobile unit will offer tests for drop-in and pre-booked appointments at Lake Echo Fellowship Baptist Church at 17 Peter Ct.

It'll be available on Monday, May 31 and Tuesday, June 1 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Public Health encourages community members to pre-book testing appointments by completing the self-assessment online at or, if they don't have Internet access, by calling 811.

The mobile unit is heading to the area due to a rise in COVID-19 public exposure notices in Central Zone and testing demand.

"Testing people who show no symptoms of COVID-19 (asymptomatic testing) continues to be one of the main tools that has helped limit COVID-19 spread in Nova Scotia," a news release says.

"Public Health is encouraging all Nova Scotians to be tested regularly for COVID-19. If it has been over a week since your last test, consider getting tested again."

Public Health shared the following reminders for those getting tested:

  • Unless you have symptoms, you do not need to self-isolate while you wait for your results, unless directly advised by Public Health to isolate
  • The testing method is a standard PCR swab or Swish and Gargle for children and youth. Preparation is required for gargle testing
  • Please bring your health card with you, if you have one
  • You may have to wait in line outside; please dress accordingly
  • Testing is free to everyone

Today, May 29, Nova Scotia reported 33 new COVID-19 cases and 566 total active cases in the province.

Chris Stoodley

About the Author: Chris Stoodley

Chris was born and raised in Halifax. After graduating from the journalism program at King's, he started as CityNews Halifax's weekend editor.
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