Nova Scotia opens pop-up COVID-19 testing in Dartmouth

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In its second week of pop-up coronavirus testing, Nova Scotia announced a new site in Dartmouth for this week.

Walk-in COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic 16- to 35-year-olds will be held at the Zatzman Sportsplex from Thursday to Sunday.

“We invite anyone between the ages of 16 and 35 to get tested, but are especially interested in seeing those who may have been to parties or gatherings in the last two weeks, or those who have a large number of social contacts,” said Dr. Jennifer Cram, a Nova Scotia medical officer of health, in a news release.

Health officials say this testing is not open to anyone with symptoms, to anyone who has been at a potential exposure site identified by public health, or to anyone who has been a close contact of a person with COVID-19.

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Those individuals must complete a self-assessment form or call 811 to make an appointment for COVID-19 testing.

“The intention is to take advantage of our available testing capacity to do everything we can to identify COVID in the community. We’re grateful to community members for helping us with this,” Cram said in the release.

The testing method will be the standard “PCR swab,” not the rapid testing method, according to Nova Scotia Health.

The Dartmouth pop-up site will be available 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. at 110 Wyse Rd.

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On Thursday, testing is also being held at the Wolfville Lions Club in Wolfville, N.S., at 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., and the Canada Games Centre in Halifax, 1:30 – 8 p.m.


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