On‑campus rapid testing


Regular COVID-19 testing is an important part of stopping the spread of COVID-19 and keeping one another safe. To make access to testing even more convenient for the Dal community, Dalhousie University has collaborated with Nova Scotia Public Health to launch a self-swab COVID-19 rapid screening program for faculty, staff and students across all four campuses.

There are two ways you can get tested on-campus:

Testing can also be done at many locations across the province through the Nova Scotia Health Authority.

Who can get tested?

The Dalhousie testing clinics and take-home test kits are available to students, faculty, staff and campus subcontractors. Those being tested also need to meet all the following requirements:

  • Be asymptomatic (do not have any symptoms of COVID-19) 
  • Have not had any contact with a known positive case of COVID-19
  • Have not left Nova Scotia in the past 14 days (except for travel to approved jurisdictions)
  • Were not at any exposure locations noted by Public Health 

People who do not meet these requirements or are based in other Dal locations outside of Halifax and Truro should seek out testing through Nova Scotia Health.

In a self-swab model at our clinics, faculty, staff and students will take their own sample and the process will be instructed and observed by a trained swabber. The swabber will wear mask, gloves and face shield and the participant takes their own sample and puts it into the collection tube. Participants will receive their test results by text message or phone call in about 30-40 minutes. NS Health will provide access to a software system that assigns a random code to each test, so confidentiality is maintained. Negative results are sent automatically from the same software system. If you test positive you will also receive a phone call.

How does the self-swab test work?

In a self-swab model, faculty, staff and students will take their own sample.

At our clinics, the process will be instructed and observed by a trained swabber. The swabber will wear mask, gloves and face shield and the participant takes their own sample and puts it into the collection tube. Participants will receive their test results by text message or phone call in about 30-40 minutes. NS Health provides access to a software system that assigns a random code to each test, so confidentiality is maintained. Negative results are sent automatically from the same software system. If you test positive, you will also receive a phone call.

For take-away test kits, you review the results yourself after about 15 minutes. Two sets of instructions are available with our take-away kits. The first explains how to perform the test, and the second reviews Dal's program and what to do if you are positive.

View instructions for completing the test [PDF] or watch the video below:


Testing site locations and hours of operation


Halifax campuses

Location: Macdonald Building, University Hall, third floor
Days of operation: Monday to Friday
Hours: 12-4 p.m

Truro campus

Location: Dal AC Health Services - Dairy Building
Days of operation:
Tuesdays and Thursdays
Hours:
3-4 p.m.

Testing is available by walk-in and, eventually, by appointment. Information on booking appointments will be updated once this service becomes available again.

Volunteers needed

Come help us with on-campus testing! No experience necessary. Fill out your contact info here and you'll receive an email with signup instructions.

Take-away test kit pickup

A take-away test kit is a rapid test you can take and complete on your own time. They can be picked up at the following locations:

Test kit supplies at some locations may be limited based on high demand, but we're working hard on keeping all locations stocked as more supply is provided by Public Health.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Project Lead at: dalcovid@dal.ca.

Rapid testing does not replace the need for following the public health protocols (maintaining physical distance of 6 feet/2 metres, wearing masks, washing hands, etc.), nor does it replace the need for vaccination. Testing complements all other public health measures. A negative result on the rapid self test is not a guarantee. You could still develop or be exposed to COVID-19 in the coming days.