Information on Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing in Nova Scotia from the Department of Health and Wellness

December 11, 2020

As you may be aware, the province has launched asymptomatic COVID-19 testing around Nova Scotia (i.e., testing for people who do not have symptoms). As of Tuesday, December 8, 2020, Nova Scotians around the province with no COVID-19 symptoms have been able to book appointments for testing. It is mainly recommended for people who have a lot of close social interaction through gatherings or many social contacts.

Asymptomatic testing is available for people who:

  • do not have symptoms

  • have not travelled outside the Atlantic provinces within the past 14 days

  • have not visited a potential exposure location

  • have not been in contact with someone who has tested positive

In Central Zone, people can go to the Zatzman Sportsplex in Dartmouth for an asymptomatic test without an appointment. In all other zones, appointments are required and can be booked at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca, choosing the asymptomatic option. Appointments can be booked until Sunday, December 13, 2020.

In addition, pop-up sites will continue in different locations around the province. Since they use rapid tests, the age limit is 16 and over at these sites.

People getting tested through this process are not required to self-isolate while waiting for their test or results. People getting tested for other reasons can find their self-isolation requirements at http://www.nshealth.ca/what-do-i-need-know-about-covid-19-testing-and-self-isolation.

A negative test result is a good indication that a person is not able to spread the COVID-19 virus at the time of testing, but it does not mean that they could not become infectious in the next few days. People who receive a negative test result must continue to follow public health measures and if they develop symptoms, immediately self-isolate and complete the COVID-19 self-assessment.

The number of tests that can be done is based on the need to prioritize testing of people who have symptoms and close contacts of known cases. Not everyone who comes forward for an asymptomatic test will necessarily get one.

Everyone is reminded to keep their social circles small and follow public health measures including wearing masks, physical distancing, practicing good hand hygiene, and staying home and completing the COVID-19 self-assessment if they have symptoms.