N.S. health authority sees high demand for rapid COVID-19 tests – CBC

Nova Scotia Health says 34,000 more tests were distributed in July compared to June

Aug 02, 2022

Nova Scotia Health is acknowledging an increase in demand for COVID-19 rapid tests at community distribution centres like public libraries and says “work is underway to meet the need.”

In a news release on Tuesday, the health authority said there have been delays in getting rapid tests to regional libraries. It said 233,620 rapid tests were given out in July — close to 34,000 more than in June.

“Public Health has seen an increase in demand for rapid tests this summer. People are travelling, they’re socializing with people outside of the usual peer group, and they’re taking measures to ensure they’re doing so safely,” Dr. Catherine Brown told CBC News in an interview Tuesday.

“We’re really working with our community distribution partners to meet this demand.”

The health authority is recommending people only take a rapid test if they’re symptomatic. It also recommends homes have a box “on hand in case symptoms develop.”

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/n-s-health-authority-sees-high-demand-for-rapid-tests-1.6538680

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