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Nova Scotia to offer pop-up rapid testing in Dartmouth this weekend, Wolfville next week

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Nova Scotia has provided a better picture of their plans to offer pop-up COVID-19 rapid-testing sites in the province over the coming days.

The pop-up testing has a few requirements; individuals must be at least 16-years-old, have no COVID-19 symptoms, have not recently travelled, have had no contact with someone who has COVID-19 and have not been at a location with a potential COVID-19 exposure.

The goal is to detect how much virus is in the community, Dr. Lisa Barrett, an infectious disease specialist at Dalhousie University, told Global News earlier this week.

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Barrett is taking charge of the pop-up rapid testing centres, which began last weekend at The Dome, a nightclub in downtown Halifax, and continued at Dalhousie University’s Sexton Campus this week.

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“What we’ve been doing here is testing people with no symptoms with rapid tests and training people who aren’t health-care professionals to do those tests for us,” she said.

If someone does test positive from the rapid-testing they are directed to self-isolate and take a more accurate test offered at regular testing locations.

The province tweeted on Friday that it will carry out rapid-testing at the Dartmouth North Community Centre on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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On Sunday, pop-up rapid testing will be held at the Woodlawn Library in Dartmouth between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

On Monday, the province will hold rapid-testing in Wolfville, N.S., although a location and time were still to be determined.

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The decision to test in Wolfville comes after new research detected the presence of COVID-19 in that town’s wastewater.

“This research is still experimental so can’t be considered definitive. But it could be a signal that COVID-19 is present in our community,” said the Town of Wolfville in a press release on Friday.

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Fredericton-based company LuminUltra along with researchers from Dalhousie University have been testing sewage in Wolfville through a partnership with Acadia University.

The company says that testing sewage is portable and less costly than traditional laboratory testing.

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Nova Scotia Health has also advertised drop-in COVID-19 testing at the Zatzman Sportsplex in Dartmouth on Saturday.

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That testing is being targeted at those who have no symptoms but were at bars/restaurants after 10 p.m., or who have visited a confirmed site of potential COVID-19 exposure.

With files from Global News’ Karla Renic

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