Rapid tests now available at public libraries

Starting December 13th, Nova Scotians can pick up COVID-19 rapid test kits at public libraries across the province.

There are 400,000 tests available. They are packaged in kits of five, and there is a limit of one kit per person. The tests can be used at home for people ages three and up. Anyone who has a positive result needs to self-isolate and book a lab-based PCR test at a testing site to confirm the result.

People can continue to get rapid test kits from pop-up sites and mobile units that are serving communities with higher case numbers. More information about locations and other details here.

Rapid test kits are being distributed for children ages three to 11 through public and private schools, licensed and unlicensed child-care centres, and family resource centres. Families should use these tests if:

  • the child has symptoms of COVID-19, and it is difficult to get to a testing site
  • a child only has one mild symptom, so a lab-based PCR test isn’t necessary, and the family is comfortable doing a shallow nose swab

Full news release here.