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COVID-19 testing for essential travel expanded in Nova Scotia

A Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) patch is seen on an officer in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019.
A Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) patch is seen on an officer in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Nova Scotia Health started a new partnership to expand COVID-19 testing for essential work or travel in the province.

In a statement released Thursday, Nova Scotia Health said it has reached an agreement with PRAXES Medical Group “to support COVID-19 testing for people who require proof that they do not have the COVID-19 virus for work or travel.”

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The testing will be provided beginning Thursday at a cost of $250 plus HST.

According to Nova Scotia Health, testing will only be provided for:

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  • urgent, work-related travel that requires a negative COVID-19 test before departure
  • students or migrant workers who require a negative COVID-19 test before returning to their home countries
  • travel to visit a vulnerable, ill or elderly relative, attend a funeral or for other events on compassionate grounds when required by other provinces or countries

“PRAXES will not provide COVID-19 testing for non-essential travel or business-related purposes including vacations or business travel when virtual meetings are possible,” the Nova Scotia Health said.

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To request PRAXES’ service, people need to contact https://praxes.ca/covidtest at least five days prior to their travel date.

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Testing is available at the PRAXES location in Dartmouth and will be available in other areas across Nova Scotia at a later date, said Nova Scotia Health.

“Test results will be available within 36 to 60 hours, depending on the number of tests being processed by Nova Scotia Health’s laboratory.”