Three Covid-19 cases confirmed in the Western Isles

Three people in the Western Isles have been confirmed as positive for the Covid-19 virus.

Friday, 25th September 2020, 3:25 pm
These are the first positive tests for coronavirus in the Western Isles since June.

The individuals are based in the Uists. All three are recovering at home.

These are the first reported cases of the virus in the Western isles since June, and bring the total number of positive test reported by NHS Western Isles to 11.

Test and Protect actions are underway. Contact tracing is ongoing. Close contacts are being advised to self-isolate and other identified contacts are being followed up and given appropriate advice.

The individuals have mild symptoms.

A Problem Assessment Group (PAG) has been established today to discuss the next steps and the team is working with Scottish Government, and Public Health Scotland to provide advice and support.

NHS Western Isles Director of Public Health, Dr Maggie Watts said: “Following the identification of these positive results, the individuals involved have been asked to self isolate for ten days from onset of symptoms and we are tracing all their contacts, who are also being advised to self isolate for fourteen days from the date of their last contact with the case as a precaution.

“To respect and maintain patient confidentiality, we will not be releasing any further details at this time.

“We would like to reassure our local communities and visitors to the island that we are taking all necessary steps to contain the virus but it is vital that everyone in the Western Isles follows the current Scottish Government restrictions and FACTS guidance to limit any spread of the 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)

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.