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Mobile unit returning to Dartmouth, Cape Breton for COVID-19 testing

Mobile unit will be available for drop-in and pre-booked appointments
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Public Health mobile testing unit

Public Health’s Mobile Unit will be in Dartmouth and Cape Breton this week and next offering COVID-19 testing. In an effort to keep COVID-19 under control in Nova Scotia, Public Health’s mobile units provide easier access to testing.

Testing people who show no symptoms of COVID-19 (asymptomatic) is one of the main tools that has helped limit the spread of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia.

The Public Health Mobile Unit will be available for drop-in and pre-booked appointments at the following locations:

St. Vincent de Paul Church (320 Flying Cloud Drive, Dartmouth)

·      Wednesday, June 23 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

·      Thursday, June 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Holy Family Church (905 Main Street, Sydney Mines)

·      Thursday, June 24 & Friday, June 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Open Hearth Park (190 Ferry Street, Sydney)

·      Monday, June 28 & Tuesday, June 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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

*Drop-in testing is based on capacity.

Important notes when visiting the mobile unit:

·        Unless you have symptoms you do not need to self-isolate while you wait for your results, unless directly advised by Public Health to isolate.

·        The testing method is standard PCR swab or Swish and Gargle for children and youth. Preparation is required for gargle testing. View instructions.

·        Please bring your health card with you, if you have one.

·        You may have to wait in line outside; please dress accordingly.

Public Health is encouraging all Nova Scotians to be tested regularly for COVID-19. If it has been over a week since your last test consider getting tested again, even if you are vaccinated. No vaccine is 100% effective. As a result, Nova Scotians are encouraged to continue making asymptomatic testing a regular part of their routine.

Up to date information about COVID-19 is available at

In addition to media releases, all potential exposure notifications are listed here:


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