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Public Health seeing increased demand for rapid tests

By Skye Bryden-Blom Aug 2, 2022 | 1:51 PM

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Nova Scotia Health is reporting an increased demand for rapid test kits in the province.

The health authority says it’s working with its community distribution sites to get more test kits out as demand surges this summer.

“We are in contact with our community partners and work is underway to meet the need,” a news release says. “The number of tests distributed to community partners has been increased to support the higher demand this summer.”

In July, 233,620 rapid tests were given out. That’s close to 34,000 more compared to June.

Rapid tests continue to be available in the community through most public libraries and family resource centres, MLA offices, Public Health Mobile Units, Feed Nova Scotia, and Access Nova Scotia.

“It is no longer recommended for Nova Scotians to test if they do not have symptoms,” the news release says. “However, it is recommended that households have a box of rapid tests on hand in case symptoms develop.”

Details on pick-up locations can be found online.


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