Public Health encouraging COVID-19 testing for South Shore communities between Hebbville & Middlewood

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 8, 2021

Nova Scotia Public Health is investigating confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the South Shore area.

As part of its ongoing investigation, Public Health is encouraging those who live - or have visited - anywhere between Hebbville and Middlewood, as well as those in surrounding communities, in the last two weeks to get tested for COVID-19, regardless of whether you have symptoms.

Public Health’s Mobile Unit will be in area this weekend to offer additional testing opportunities.

As this is a precautionary measure, you are not required to self-isolate while awaiting your test or result, unless you have symptoms. If you have had or develop any symptoms you must self-isolate while awaiting your result. Symptoms include fever, new or worsening cough, sore throat, runny nose/nasal congestion, headache, or shortness of breath.

Drop-in or pre-booked community testing will be available this weekend at:

Italy Cross Fire Hall (17722 NS-103, Italy Cross) on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (April 9-11) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Community members are encouraged to pre-book their testing appointments by completing the self-assessment online at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en. If you don’t have access to the internet, call 811.

*Drop-in testing is based on capacity. It is recommended you pre-book an appointment online.

Important notes when visiting the mobile unit:
Unless you have symptoms, you do not need to self-isolate while you await your results.
The testing method is standard PCR swab or Swish and Gargle for children and youth up to age 18. Preparation is required for gargle testing. View instructions.
Please bring your health card if you have one.
You may have to wait in line outside; please dress accordingly.
Testing is free to everyone.

If, in the past 48 hours, you have had or are currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, you can still get tested at the mobile unit, however, you must book your appointment so our team knows when to expect you.

Public Health is also adding additional testing capacity at the primary assessment centres in Bridgewater and Liverpool to make it easier for more people to get tested. You can book your appointment by completing a self-assessment online (https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en) or by calling 811.

Bridgewater (Gateway Plaza, 215 Dominion St.) daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (the number of available appointments have been increased for this weekend).
Liverpool (157 School St.). Hours will be extended from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. this weekend.

All Nova Scotians are advised to continue monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms and are urged to follow Public Health guidelines. Up to date information about COVID-19 is available at novascotia.ca/coronavirus

In addition to media releases, all potential exposure notifications are listed here: http://www.nshealth.ca/covid-exposures