New coronavirus case in Western Isles not related to South Uist outbreak

Three more people in the Western Isles have tested positive for Covid-19, according to the latest update from NHS Wetsern Isles.

Tuesday, 6th October 2020, 8:27 am
There are now 41 people who have tested positive for Covid-19 in the last couple of weeks, including one new case not related to the existing cluster.

Two of the cases related to the existing cluster in South Uist, Eriskay and Benbecula; and there is one unrelated case in North Uist.

Gordon Jamieson, NHS Western Isles chief executive gave the latest update last night, stating: “That brings the total number of cases in the South Uist outbreak to 40, and one additional new case.”

He added: “There are no other additional cases anywhere else in the Western Isles.”

Mr Jamieson said the health board had launched a very helpful infection prevention and control video.

“It will take you through some of the very important measure that we all need to continue to take to help us to control and suppress this virus,” he said. “I would recommend that you review the video and carry on taking these precautionary measures.

“If we all do that then we have the best chance of suppressing and controlling this outbreak.”

You can view the video here

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are:

• A high temperature (37.8C of greater)

• And/or a new and continuous cough

• And/or a loss or change in your sense of smell and/or taste.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you and your household should should immediately self isolate and book a test. To access testing in the Western Isles, contact the Covid-19 Response Team on 01851 601151 or email [email protected] The phoneline will be staffed from 9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday, with an answering machine available outwith those hours.

Alternatively you can complete the online Covid-19 Testing Programme Referral Form (NHS Western Isles)

FACTS

F – Face coverings. These should be used in shops and on public transport (buses, trains and taxis)

A – Avoid crowded places.

C – Clean your hands frequently, using water & soap whenever possible.

T – Two metres – observe physical distancing.

S – Self-isolate and book a test if you are suffering from COVID-19 symptoms.