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COVID-19 Testing

Rapid Tests:

Rapid tests are safe, easy to use, and provide results within 10 to 20 minutes. Rapid tests (also referred to as Point-of-Care Tests) can be done at home by someone who is not a healthcare professional by using the swab in the kit to collect a sample from your throat and each nostril. It is very important to read the instructions carefully for the specific rapid test you are using because there are small differences between different types. Rapid tests can be used for all ages. 

Where Can I Get a Rapid Test Kit?

In Nova Scotia: 

Public libraries and all family resource centres are receiving a limited supply of rapid tests each week to distribute. Regional libraries are determining which of their locations will distribute and will share information on their websites. Some will have fixed locations and schedules and for others, it may vary. Please check the regional websites below to find out if your local library is distributing rapid test kits. Tests are limited to one kit per person and supply is based availability.

MLA Offices - Nova Scotians can visit their local MLA’s office during business hours to pick up a box of rapid tests. There is a limit of one box per person. A box contains five tests.

Access Nova Scotia - People visiting Access Nova Scotia for in-person services will be offered a package of rapid tests.

In Prince Edward Island:

PEI is distributing a limited supply of rapid antigen screening tests in a targeted manner. For more information, visit COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Tests (self-test kits).

PCR Testing:

In Nova Scotia:

To determine if you require a PCR or Rapid test, or to book a confirmatory test, complete the online assessment.

In Prince Edward Island:

Provincial testing clinics have now moved to booked appointments: 

  • Book directly through the online booking tool HERE, or

  • Call toll free 1-844-975-3303 Monday – Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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