Hawick Covid-19 cases slow down, but Borderers should still stay alert

The ongoing outbreak of coronavirus in Hawick seems to be slowing down, with only one new positive case since Monday.

Friday, 11th September 2020, 11:07 am
Self-testing kits being handed out at Hawick's coronavirus test station.

That case was identified in the town through NHS Borders Test and Protect team, bringing the total associated with the outbreak to 23.

However, the total in the Borders overall is still growing, with yesterday’s total of 389 being 41 up on the cumulative total for the region of 348 reported on Sunday, August 9.

As of yesterday, NHS Borders reported that less than five patients who had tested positive for the virus were being treated at the Borders General Hospital.

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The mobile testing unit remains in Hawick Teviotdale Leisure Centre car park today and tomorrow from 10am-5pm, and from 3pm-5pm from Sunday through to Wednesday, September 16.

Testing will also be available in Galashiels at the Netherdale car park today and tomorrow from 10am-5pm, and from 10am-1pm from Sunday through to Wednesday.

Only people who have Covid-19 symptoms can book a test – and you won’t get a test unless you book it in advance by visiting www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or calling 0800 028 2816.

Borderers are reminded that whilst you wait for your test, all of your household members should self-isolate.

Reminding people of the importance of following Scottish Government advice at all times, associate director of public health Keith Allan said: “Although the risk of catching Covid-19 in Hawick and across the Borders remains very low, the outbreak in Hawick is a reminder of just how contagious the virus is.

“We know that people are keen to resume some sort of a normal life. However, in doing so, please make sure that you adhere to the relevant guidance to keep you and others safe.

“For example, if you go out to a cafe, pub or restaurant remember, you must physically distance from everyone outside your own household.

“The symptoms of Covid-19 are a fever, new persistent cough or loss of taste or smell.”