Plea to public to follow rules after significant rise in Covid cases in South Uist

NHS Western Isles chief executive Gordon Jamieson made a plea to the people in South Uist – and across the Western Isles – to follow the rules as the number of positive Covid-19 cases in the latest outbreak rose to 14.

Monday, 28th September 2020, 8:22 am
NHS Western Isles chief executive Gordon Jamieson on social media last night (Sunday, September 27) issuing a plea to everyone to follow the rules.

And it’s likely the numbers could rise even further, with further tests being carried out and results expected over the coming hours.

Last night, Mr Jamieson took to social media to urge everyone to play their part in helping to get the outbreak under control and suppressed.

Speaking last night, Mr Jamieson said: “We have, unfortunately, had a significant increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in South Uist.

“We now have 14 positive cases with further tests being carried out as I speak.

“I am appealing to you to please follow the rules. We must get this outreak under control and suppressed.

“Please follow the rules. Please limit your contact with other households, please wear face masks and face coverings, physically distance, please wash your hands and take care of your repiratory hygiene.

“And also please do not car share across homes.”

Mr Jamieson added: “Above all, if you have symptoms, please do not leave your house, book a test and only leave your house to have that test.

“Please do this. We must suppress and control this virus.”

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)


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.