Mobile COVID-19 testing to begin in Truro in wake of potential exposures

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A mobile health unit will be set up in Truro , N.S., on Thursday in response to an increase in the number of potential exposures in the area in the last week.

Drop-in testing will be available at the NSCC Truro Campus from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. AT, according to a press release from Nova Scotia Health late Wednesday evening.

The testing is for anyone with no symptoms who is not a close contact of a person with COVID-19 and is not self-isolating because of travel outside of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, or Newfoundland and Labrador.

Seven new potential exposure locations were announced in the Truro area on Tuesday, and another on Wednesday. A full list of exposures in the province can be found here.

8 new cases on Wednesday

Nova Scotia reported eight new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday.

Three of the cases are in northern zone and are close contacts of previously reported cases.

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Two of the cases are in eastern zone and are related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada. The people are self-isolating, as required. One of the cases is a student at Cape Breton University who lives off-campus. The other case is a student at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish who lives off-campus.

Three of the cases are in the central zone and are related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada. The people are self-isolating, as required. One of the cases is a student at Saint Mary's University in Halifax who lives on campus.

Asymptomatic testing ID'd CBU case

CBU's president, David Dingwall, said the student went for asymptomatic testing after arriving in Cape Breton on Jan. 5.

Dingwall said the individual has been isolating off-campus and following mandatory public health requirements.

"It is proven that this testing can help identify cases before symptoms ever arise, allowing us to better protect each other," Dingwall wrote in a post on the university's website.

"As a community, we must continue to watch out for each other and keep each other safe."

Public health officials are carrying out contact tracing, Dingwall said, and people who are considered to be close contacts of the student have been notified.

CBU said no further details will be released to respect the student's privacy.

Total of 8 cases at N.S. universities

A total of eight cases of have now been identified at Nova Scotia universities so far this month.

The province is urging students who have returned from outside of Nova Scotia., Newfoundland or P.E.I. to book a COVID-19 test on the sixth, seventh or eighth day of their quarantine, regardless of whether they have symptoms.

Any students experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 must complete a self-assessment online or call 811. Students still must complete their 14-day isolation period even with a negative test result.

The province has reported that 3,831 doses of vaccine have been administered in Nova Scotia. CBC News is tracking vaccine administration across Canada.

Mandatory testing of rotational workers

On Tuesday, the province announced mandatory testing for rotational workers will come into effect Friday. They'll be required to get a test within two days of returning to Nova Scotia and again about a week later.

If rotational workers do not get tested, they will be fined $1,000. Regardless of the test result, they must still complete their 14-day modified self-isolation.

Atlantic Canada case numbers