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Asymptomatic COVID‑19 testing now available in Nova Scotia

Posted by Frank Harvey, Provost and Vice-President Academic (Acting); Gitta Kulczycki, Vice-President Finance and Administration; Verity Turpin, Vice-Provost Student Affairs on December 10, 2020 in News

MEMORANDUM

To:           Dalhousie students, faculty and staff

From:      Frank Harvey, Provost and Vice-President Academic (Acting)
                Gitta Kulczycki, Vice-President Finance and Administration
                Verity Turpin, Vice-Provost Student Affairs

Date:      Thursday, December 10, 2020

Re:         Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing now available in Nova Scotia

The Province of Nova Scotia is now providing asymptomatic testing for COVID-19. We are sharing information on how this testing works to ensure all members of our Dalhousie community are aware of this opportunity.

Asymptomatic testing can help Public Health detect positive cases in people who don’t have symptoms and help prevent the spread. It is an opportunity for Nova Scotians to help keep each other safe, especially as we approach the holiday season.

Just about anyone can get tested, and Public Health is especially encouraging testing for people who have a lot of close contact through social activities (for example, regularly socializing with different people without masks/physical distancing).

 Asymptomatic testing is available for people who:

  • do not have COVID-19 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

Here is how to get tested:

  • In Central Zone (Halifax area, Eastern Shore and West Hants), 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 Dec. 13.
  • Pop-up sites with rapid testing will continue in different locations around the province. Because they use rapid tests, the age limit is 16 and over at these sites.
  • These instructions are subject to change. For the latest information, visit http://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting

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 should review their self-isolation requirements. There is also more information about testingon the Nova Scotia Health Authority website.

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 and does not mean you can safely socialize without precautions like masks and distancing. 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.

Everyone is reminded to keep their social circles small and follow public health measures including wearing masks, physical distancing, practising good hand hygiene and staying home if they feel sick. Let’s continue to be aware, be safe and be considerate as we do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19.

For more information on COVID-19 in Nova Scotia, visit novascotia.ca/coronavirus. For COVID-19 updates and information for Dalhousie, visit dal.ca/coronavirus