Public Health urging post-secondary students—and all residents—to get tested regularly for COVID-19

The following message is from Nova Scotia Public Health:

January 27, 2021

Public Health is encouraging post-secondary students—and all Nova Scotians—to get tested regularly as part of living safely with COVID-19. Even if you have not traveled, even if you have not been at a location listed in an exposure notice, even if you do not have symptoms (asymptomatic) – you can help keep people safe by getting tested regularly.

With a few cases on Halifax campuses and the recent one at Dalhousie University, Public Health is encouraging all students attending post-secondary institutions on the Halifax peninsula to get tested, whether you traveled over the holidays or not.

Students can also continue to book appointments at primary assessment centres around the province. (There is a centre in Wolfville and Berwick.)


Mobile Health Units will be at Dalhousie University for drop-in testing:

Tuesday, January 26 and Wednesday, January 27
10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Goldberg Computer Science Building
University Avenue (Edward Street entrance)

You may get tested at the Mobile Health Units if you:

  • have no symptoms
  • are not a close contact of a person with COVID-19, and
  • are not isolating because of travel outside of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador

Important notes for testing at Mobile Health Units:

  • You do not need an appointment
  • You do not need to self-isolate while you wait for your results.
  • The testing method is standard PCR swab, or swish and gargle for people up to age 18 (preparation is required for gargle testing).
  • Bring your health card or student card with you, if you have one.
  • You may have to wait in line outside; please dress accordingly.
  • Please do not come to a drop-in site if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Instead, please book an appointment at a primary assessment centre.


Some upcoming pop-up testing sites on campuses/in post-secondary communities include:

Wednesday, January 27
1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
St. Theresa's Parish Hall
285 St Peters Road, Sydney

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