Public Health mobile unit

Nova Scotia Public Health's mobile unit for COVID-19 testing.

(Communications Nova Scotia photo)

The province's Public Health Mobile Unit will be stationed at the Pictou County Wellness Centre this weekend to offer drop-in testing for COVID-19.

Testing is free and available to all ages.

The mobile unit will be at the wellness centre, 2-2756 Westville Rd., New Glasgow, from noon until 5:30 p.m. on July 24, as well as 9 a.m.-2 p.m. July 25.

While the mobile unit only provides testing for COVID-19 and not administration of the vaccines, members of the public health team can assist in booking a vaccine appointment, as well as answer any questions about the vaccine.

If attending a mobile unit for testing and are showing no symptoms, you do not need to self-isolate while awaiting results unless directly advised to do so by public health. Testing is done by the standard PCR swab, or swish and gargle for children and youth. Those attending should bring their health card.

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. 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.

All Nova Scotians are encouraged to be tested regularly. If it has been over a week since your last test consider getting tested again, even if you are vaccinated. No vaccine is 100 per cent effective.