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Coronavirus / Coronavirus tally rises again after case detected in isles

THE NUMBER of positive Covid-19 tests associated with Shetland has risen by one to 56 after a new infection was detected locally.

The figure was confirmed in the Scottish Government’s latest update this afternoon (Tuesday).

NHS Shetland said the infection was detected in Shetland through the UK government testing scheme.

Public health principal Elizabeth Robinson said the person concerned had been contacted and was working with the track and trace team to develop a list of close contacts. These contacts would be called by the tracking team and instructed to self-isolate for 14 days.

“If you develop symptoms of Covid-19, please stay at home and self-isolate for the government-stipulated 10 days and arrange to be tested as soon as possible,” she said.

“Please only request a test if you have symptoms. This is a contagious virus and the only way to stop it from spreading is to avoid contact with other people.”

Once someone tests positive, they must self-isolate for 10 days. Everyone in their household must self-isolate for 14 days from the date of their family-member’s positive test. This is in case they are infectious but not showing symptoms.

Robinson said NHS Shetland was prepared and ready for new cases of Covid.

“As Shetland re-opens for business, it is inevitable that we will see more cases,” she said.

“However, we’ve shown in Shetland that we can work together to limit the spread of Covid and I’m sure that we will do that again.”

At the weekend the figure rose for the first time since April after a person with a Shetland address tested positive while in the Grampian area. NHS Shetland said on Sunday that individual remained on the mainland.

People are asked to remember ‘FACTS’ to stop the spread of Covid:

  • 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.

The symptoms of Covid-19 are:

  • A fever;
  • A loss of taste and smell;
  • A new continuous cough.

To self-refer for testing if you have symptoms complete this form (this can be done seven days a week at any time and will be picked up as soon as possible by the testing team).

This is the same form that is available through the self-referral portal on NHS Inform – scroll down the page and click “start guide” in the Access to Testing box.

If you are unable to access the form you can phone a dedicated phone number to self-refer on 01595 532030. This is currently only open from 9am-12.30pm and 2pm-5pm, Monday to Friday.