Nova Scotia deploys mobile COVID-19 testing unit, the first in Atlantic Canada

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The use of the 20-foot vans as mobile testing units are part of a new strategy for Nova Scotia Health during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Nova Scotia's testing for COVID-19 went mobile for the first time on Wednesday.

The use of the 20-foot vans as mobile testing units is part of a new strategy for Nova Scotia Health during the coronavirus pandemic as a second wave of cases sweeps through the province.

It's the first mobile testing unit of its kind in Atlantic Canada and on Wednesday, one of the province's two such units was at the North East Kings Education Centre in Canning, N.S., after two cases were recently detected at the school.

The unit was there to test close contacts of the two cases at the school in the Annapolis Valley that serves students from Grade 6 and Grade 12.

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All classes have shifted to online learning for students and officials confirmed that more than 70 close contacts were tested on Wednesday.

"Public health is really CSI work. Our investigators are constantly chasing the virus," said Holly Gillis, a public health manager with Nova Scotia Health.

"Our contact tracing helps us identify where it might have travelled or where it might have gone and these mobile units are part of that toolbox to help us understand…
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