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Public Health Mobile Units heading to Upper Tantallon, Lawrencetown

Mobile Units will be available for drop-in COVID-19 testing in Central Zone and Northern Zone this week
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Nova Scotia Public Health will be setting up Mobile Units to increase COVID-19 testing in the province's Central and Northern zones this week.

In Central Zone, Mobile Units will be set up at:

  • Tantallon Public Library, 3646 Hammonds Plains Rd., Monday, Aug. 16 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Lawrencetown Community Centre, 3657 Lawrencetown Rd., Wednesday, Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Testing is free and available for people of all ages and all visitors.

In Northern Zone, a Mobile Unit will be set up at the Elmsdale Legion Branch 48 at 850 Hwy 2 on Wednesday, Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Unless a person has symptoms, they do not have to self-isolate while waiting for test results unless directed by Public Health.

At the Mobile Units, standard PCR swabs will be used; the Swish and Gargle method is available for children and youth.

Public Health says the Mobile Units will not have COVID-19 vaccines but that team members can help people book their vaccine appointments or answer any questions.

People getting tested also have the option to view their test results online. But it can take up to 72 hours to receive or access test results.

"Public Health is encouraging all Nova Scotians to be tested regularly for COVID-19," the news release says. "If it has been over a week since your last test, consider getting tested again, even if you are vaccinated. No vaccine is 100% effective. As a result, Nova Scotians are encouraged to continue making testing a regular part of their routine."



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