More COVID-19 testing sites added in Nova Scotia

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More COVID-19 testing sites are being added in Nova Scotia to help deal with clusters of cases outside the province's central health zone.
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More COVID-19 testing sites are coming to Nova Scotia after the chief medical officer of health said he's concerned with clusters of cases across the province.

During a briefing Friday, Dr. Robert Strang said there were clusters of cases in the Sydney and Bridgewater areas, as well as in the Annapolis Valley from Middleton to Kentville.

While the province's central zone, which includes the Halifax region, has seen the most cases in the most recent wave of the pandemic — with 1,276 active cases, as of Saturday morning — case numbers have been creeping up in the other health zones too.

There are 128 active cases in the eastern health zone, 74 in the western health zone and 59 in the northern health zone.

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Strang said there will be "broad testing" coming to the affected communities.

"This is not a Halifax-only issue. We need to all act like there's potential for virus in any of our communities, no matter where we live in the province," he said.

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Friday night, the province's health authority said it will offer additional testing in "some key areas of concern" over the next few days.

"Some areas of the province are showing multiple cases with an unknown source, particularly in the Sydney area, Bridgewater area and in the Annapolis Valley from New Minas to Kentville," Nova Scotia Health said in a release. "Increased testing will help Public Health determine where the virus is, as well as, if and how it is spreading."

The health authority said asymptomatic testing is one of the main tools that has helped limit COVID-19 spread in the province and is strongly encouraging people who live in all zones to get tested, regardless of if…
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