Covid-19 is still with us

Although the Borders remains in level one of coronavirus restrictions, a small rise in the number of positive cases has been recorded in the past week.

By Kevin Janiak
Wednesday, 9th June 2021, 3:40 pm
Dr Tim Patterson, NHS Borders.
Dr Tim Patterson, NHS Borders.

In the figures up to June 8, as reported by Public Health Scotland, there were six cases in the previous 24 hours, with a total of 39 in the past seven days.

Given the “small amount” of cases reported at St Peter’s Primary School in Galashiels on Tuesday evening, and the Track and Trace procedure ongoing in that incident, there will be more official positive cases to come.

However, the region is still the lowest on the Scottish mainland as regards positive Covid-19 cases, with only the Western Isles, Shetland and Orkney below it on the table.

There has now been a total of 2,961 cases in the Borders since the onset of the outbreak last March.

A spokesperson for NHS Borders said: “Whilst the easing of restrictions is allowing us to do more of the things that we enjoy, it is also providing more opportunities for Covid-19 to circulate in our communities.

“So it is important when you go out to remain vigilant and take the necessary precautions such as practising physical distancing in public places, adhering to the socialising limits and avoiding crowded places.

“If you can, take advantage of the good weather and meet others outdoors.

"If you are visiting loved ones in a private home, remember to wash your hands and keep rooms well ventilated by opening windows or doors to keep yourself and them safe.”

Director of Public Health at NHS Borders, Dr Tim Patterson said: “I cannot stress enough the importance of following the rules that are in place to prevent the spread of this highly contagious virus.

“As we mix with others more, please consider taking up the universal offer of twice-weekly rapid Covid-19 testing via NHS Inform or calling 119. Testing those who feel well and do not show symptoms enables us to identify cases which would otherwise go undetected and break chains of transmission.

“You can also protect yourself and your loved ones by coming forward to get vaccinated when it is your turn, including when it is time for your second dose to ensure that you have greater protection against Covid-19.

“If you develop any symptoms of Covid-19 you should self-isolate and book a test. Your household also need to self-isolate whilst you await your test results. If you are asked to self-isolate for 10 days please do so. When your isolation period is over please continue to be vigilant for any symptoms that may occur from day 10-14.

“We all have a responsibility to help suppress and limit the spread of Covid-19 so please continue to follow the FACTS advice, even if you have received one or both doses of the Covid-19 vaccination.”