NB Covid-19 tests for truck drivers change locations

by Today's Trucking

FREDERICTON, N.B. – New Brunswick continues to test the province’s truck drivers for Covid-19, but the voluntary program is changing locations.

As of June 26, the collection of swab specimens will end at the Saint Jacques weigh scale, but begin at the Salisbury weigh scales, the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association (APTA) reports.

The swabs will be collected from Tuesday through Friday.

The Covid-19 testing station established at the St. Jacques scale house. (Photo: Province of New Brunswick)

“Longhaul truck drivers who do not have symptoms at the time of testing do not have to self-isolate while awaiting the test result,” New Brunswick Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Jennifer Russell said in a memo when the testing began at Saint Jacques in late May.

“Truckers who are asymptomatic at the time of testing, whose test comes back positive, will be contacted by Public Health and instructions will be provided to immediately self-isolate.”

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  • IT is “funny” to me that from the start of this covid-19 out break we truck drivers have been on the front lines of this campaign. Now that the province has a “handle” on this covid pandemic we drivers become the focus of the government of nb. They want to test us all now and make it mandatory. Well isn’t that great news we not only have to do our jobs moving the freight for the province in accordance with transport Canada rules ie hours of service now our very limited window of operation is closed more to be used by the covid collector coalition. I have been a driver for 26 years . This is the first time in my career that a government has made it mandatory to give my personal DNA cause thats what taken make no mistake on it . I’m sure the Higgs government will be sued repeatedly over this . I’m guessing when the drivers get feed up enough and they start parking in large amounts and the shevles of all the people favourite stuff goes empty food gas clothes everything. THERE might be a rethink on that action by the government .