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Mobile unit returns to Tantallon for COVID testing Monday

Public Health encourages people to pre-book their appointments since drop-in testing is only available based on capacity
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Public Health mobile testing unit

Public Health's mobile COVID testing unit is returning to Tantallon on Monday to offer additional testing and control the virus' spread in Nova Scotia.

The mobile unit will be available for drop-in and pre-booked appointments at the Tantallon Public Library (3646 Hammonds Plains Rd, Upper Tantallon) on June 21 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

"Testing people who show no symptoms of COVID-19 (asymptomatic) continues to be one of the main tools that has helped limit COVID-19 spread in Nova Scotia," a news release says. "However, Nova Scotians are reminded that even if you have mild symptoms like a sore throat, a runny/congested nose or headache, you should get tested for COVID-19."

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

People are encouraged to pre-book their testing appointments by completing a self-assessment online or calling 811. Drop-in testing is only available based on capacity.

"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, even if you are vaccinated," a news release says. "No vaccine is 100% effective. As a result, Nova Scotians are encouraged to continue making asymptomatic testing a regular part of their routine."

Nova Scotia reported six new COVID-19 cases on Saturday for a total of 88 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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