Nova Scotia expands COVID-19 testing for essential work and travel

Henrietta Strickland
October 17, 2020

Urgent, work-related travel that requires a negative COVID-19 test before departure.

According to the Government of Canada, because the app doesn't use Global Positioning System, it has no way of knowing a user's location, name, address, contacts or personal health information.

Premier Stephen McNeil said they wanted to monitor the results elsewhere before activating it in our province.

Nova Scotia is reporting no new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday.

People can expect the results to be ready within 36 to 60 hours, depending on the volume of tests that Nova Scotia Health's lab is processing on a given day.

The federal government's COVID Alert app is now available in Nova Scotia.

One case is considered resolved as of Thursday, bringing the total number of active cases in the province to three.

Dr. Jennifer Russell, New Brunswick's chief medical officer of health, said it was clear through contact tracing that the source of the outbreak in Moncton is travel-related, adding that 150 people are now self-isolating as a result.

The three individuals have been self-isolating.

Nova Scotians who require a COVID-19 test for work or travel will be able to pay for a test going forward.

On Wednesday, McNeil and Strang said Nova Scotia will keep borders open with the province, despite rising cases.

Strang said there were no indications of community spread of the virus so far in the New Brunswick outbreaks in Moncton and Campbellton, and there is no evidence of increased risk to travellers. Three new cases were identified Saturday in Nova Scotia Health's central zone, which includes the Halifax area, Eastern Shore, and West Hants.

It also offers advice, like monitoring for symptoms, taking the online self-assessment if they begin to feel unwell, and more information about what to do next.

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