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Coronavirus / New confirmed Covid-19 case added to local tally

A NEW case has been added to Shetland’s tally of positive Covid-19 tests.

Scottish Government data said one positive case that was assigned to NHS Grampian on 8 August had been reassigned to NHS Shetland as they are a resident of Shetland and had been tested while visiting Grampian.

A spokesperson for NHS Shetland said the person is not in Shetland.

NHS Shetland’s director of nursing and acute services Kathleen Carolan explained: “The number of people who are counted as positive cases for Shetland include anyone who has an address registered in Shetland.

“This new case has been detected through a mainland health board testing facility. NHS Shetland’s contact tracing team has not needed to be activated and any people who are close contacts of the person involved will be traced via test and protect teams on the mainland.”

Carolan said NHS Shetland is well prepared and has robust arrangements in place to test and trace anyone on the islands with Covid-19 symptoms.

“I want to thank everyone in our community for your continued support in suppressing the virus by following Public Health and Scottish Government guidance,” she said.

In the Scottish Government’s daily figures released today (Sunday) Shetland’s total cumulative number of cases had risen from 54 to 55.

It is the first case added to Shetland’s figures since April.