RAPID COVID-19 TEST EVENTS
Regular testing is the key to keeping numbers low and our provincial Re-Opening Plan on track.
Rapid COVID-19 Testing is taking place daily at the Halifax Convention Centre. Follow @hfx_Lauren on IG & Twitter for times.
(Enter the Halifax Convention Centre through the Argyle Street doors).
CHECK FOR MORE UPCOMING RAPID TEST DATES & LOCATIONS HERE.
What are pop-up testing events?
This is a COVID testing stream in Nova Scotia that “pops up” in community and local business spaces to increase engagement and access to COVID testing. These events are casual with awesome music playing in non-traditional settings, walk in only, quick registration (no health card or ID required), and results texted to the person. From start to finish, it is about a 5 minute “pop-in” for people and they know their COVID status within 30 minutes.
Who can go to rapid COVID testing events?
Anyone can get a rapid COVID test at these events if they are asymptomatic, have not been to a listed exposure site, and have not been in close contact with a person that tested positive for COVID-19. People that are doing activities that may have their mask off (dining at restaurants, working out at the gym, visiting friends and family, etc.) should get a rapid COVID test to be sure they are negative to protect others around them.
Why should you get tested if you don’t feel sick?
Get tested to be sure you are negative! Asymptomatic means that you don’t feel sick and you don’t have COVID symptoms but you may still be infected with the virus. People who are asymptomatic and infected can still spread the virus to other people. Most people infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 will show symptoms in about 5 days, but the time between infection and before people feel symptoms can range from 1-14 days and some people never develop any symptoms. Up to 50% of people who have COVID-19 don’t have symptoms and can still spread to other people without knowing.
We don’t have cases in Nova Scotia. Why should I get tested?
- We don’t have cases until we do! Just like other Canadian provinces (NB, Manitoba) went from zero to hundreds of active cases, we need to know early if there are cases here.
- We love socializing – it’s normal!!!! However, mask off times with others is when spread is most likely so testing right before helps prevent spread before you know it.
How often should you get a rapid COVID test?
You can pop-in for a rapid test as frequently as you would like – for some people that may be once a month, for others it may be every week or more! It is important for people with lots of contacts, at work or in social circles, to get tested more often. People should pop-in for a rapid test if they will be in a mask-off setting (dining at restaurants, working out at the gym, visiting friends and family, etc). Even if you are just headed home from the office or work after a busy week or before you start your week, it’s smart to get tested. Testing isn’t just for times when COVID cases are high in our community! Testing helps KEEP COVID LOW by letting people know early when they are early in infection and otherwise wouldn’t know they have been exposed. It’s a great tool along with distancing, masking and handwashing! Keeping cases low keeps restrictions low and all of us safely enjoy the perks that come with living in a place with low COVID cases!
Where can you find a pop-up testing event?
The events are advertised through social media, Dr. Lisa Barrett, Department of Health and Wellness, and Nova Scotia Health. Check out upcoming events here.
How can I volunteer at these pop-up testing events?
We really appreciate all of the volunteers that have made these events special for the past several months!!!! Volunteers have come from all backgrounds (students, community leaders, restaurant staff, workers from downtown, you name it!), and are trained at the testing event that day! No homework necessary ;-)
Volunteer opportunities include screening, registration, doing the nose swab, doing the rapid COVID test (kind of like a pregnancy test), notifying of results via text message, door greeter, and more. This part of rapid testing is focused in the downtown core, various days of the week, and span from morning to late night. We encourage people to sign up and we will be in touch to schedule a four-hour volunteer experience. Fill out the form to sign-up to volunteer here.
The goal of pop-up testing is to make socializing safer and normalize testing – COVID precautions are part of our lives and we are lucky rapid tests let us easily know our status to protect friends and family.
Link to DHBC's COVID-19 information page here.
SEE WHAT'S OPEN IN DOWNTOWN HALIFAX HERE