Four more cases of Covid-19 identified in Hawick
The number of positive cases of coronavirus in Hawick has risen by four in the past few days, bringing the total associated with this latest outbreak in the town to 19.
This brings the total number of accumulative cases in the Borders since the start of the pandemic to 375.
NHS Borders Test and Protect team have been in contact with 186 people identified as ‘close contacts’ connected to this outbreak, who have been given appropriate advice and are self-isolating.
An NHS Borders spokesperson said: “Visiting to Hawick Community Hospital and care homes in Hawick remains temporarily suspended as a precaution to protect more vulnerable members of the community.
“We recognise how difficult it is when the loved ones of patients and residents are unable to visit, however the safety of residents, patients and staff is our highest priority.
“The position is reviewed regularly and restrictions will be lifted as soon as possible.
“Although the risk of catching the virus in Hawick is low, please be extra vigilant.
“If you experience any of the Covid-19 symptoms – a fever, new persistent cough or loss of taste or smell – you and those living with you must self-isolate immediately.
“Only those with symptoms should book a test.”
In order to cope with the increased demand, the mobile testing units in Hawick’s Teviotdale Leisure Centre car park and the car park at Netherdale, Galashiels, have been extended.
Both will be open tomorrow and Sunday from 10am-5pm, with the Hawick unit staying on from Monday to at least Wednesday, September 9, from 3-5pm.
The Galashiels unit will operate from 10am-1pm from Monday to Wednesday.
Both units can only take a limited number of people each day, so it is essential that only people with Covid-19 symptoms book a test by visiting www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or calling 0800 028 2816.
While you wait for your test, other members of your household must self-isolate, but should not be tested unless they too are showing any symptoms.
Once testing capacity is reached within Hawick you may be directed to another testing location or be invited to request a postal test kit to be sent to you.