Covid cases at Stornoway care home now number 19

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NHS Western Isles and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have confirmed this afternoon (Wednesday, July 28) that the current number of positive cases of Covid-19 in Dun Berisay Care Home in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis now stands at 19.

There are, at present, 11 residents and eight staff who have tested positive. Non-essential visiting continues to be suspended and residents’ families are being kept up to date on an ongoing basis by social care staff.

Teams from NHS Western Isles, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Public Health Scotland continue to support the care home with their arrangements for infection prevention and control to help prevent spread of the infection.

An Incident Management Team met for the second time today (Wednesday) to monitor and assess arrangements.

A number of individuals have been identified as close contacts of positive cases and have been required to self-isolate to help prevent further spread of the virus.

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan has expressed his concern over the outbreak.

Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan

‘Even though we have made tremendous progress with vaccinations the virus has not gone away. The outbreak shows that there is still a need for vigilance to protect the older and vulnerable members of our communities,’ said Mr Allan.

‘People travelling to the Western Isles should please make use of the free lateral flow tests available and test before you travel. If anyone in the islands has not yet been vaccinated please phone 0808 196 8383 or email wi.covidvax@nhs.scot to arrange an appointment.’