Alarm at new Covid outbreak

Alarm has been expressed amongst townsfolk in Jedburgh after a coronavirus outbreak involving 17 new cases was confirmed.

Monday, 26th October 2020, 2:03 pm
SB Cares' headquarters at Newtown.

NHS Borders’ Health Protection team, supported by Scottish Borders Council, is currently dealing with an outbreak of Covid-19 based around Jedburgh, although not all cases relate to residents of the town.

It has also been confirmed that the latest outbreak is associated with family groups and home care services provided across the region by SB Cares.

Members of the Test and Protect team are currently contacting the people who have received a positive test result, and their close contacts to provide them with advice.

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Jedburgh and District councillor Scott Hamilton said he had been contacted by a number of constituents who have expressed alarm at the latest development.

Mr Hamilton called on the community to come together, show resilience and follow advice.

He added: “The situation is still developing in Jedburgh and the surrounding area. It is clear that a number of cases standing currently at 17 have led to the decision to declare an outbreak. It’s important that the public maintain their commitment and follow the Government’s advice in order to protect themselves and those around them.

“I have been in contact with a number of constituents who are alarmed and concerned with this outbreak. My advice is clear, keep clam and carry on by using the Government’s guidance on FACTS. We are a resilient community and have a resilience group, which was a fantastic resource during lockdown so I am confident that with efforts from Scottish Borders Council, NHS Borders and the community we can get a grip of this situation quickly and effectively.”

Jen Holland, chief operating officer of SB Cares, said: “We have contingency plans in place to ensure that our ongoing service provision to clients in Jedburgh is maintained and that we can continue to safely support all of our clients.”

Tim Patterson, the region’s director of public health, said: “Whilst the level of Covid-19 infections in the Borders remains low compared to other areas it is still essential that everyone remains vigilant and follows the Scottish Government guidance.” Covid tests can be booked at: www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 0800 0282816.