Caution urged as Covid numbers increase

Dr Tim Allison, director of public health at NHS Highland.

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NHS Highland Chiefs are urging the public to be mindful of the current Covid guidelines as cases in the region begin to creep up again.

Thanks in large part to the vaccination programme a smaller percentage of people are becoming seriously ill with Covid. However, the large number of cases overall has meant an increase in people needing inpatient treatment.

As of March 2, despite efforts to keep and treat as many people as possible at home, there had been 53 inpatients with Covid across NHS Highland with outbreaks in hospitals and care homes. Staff have been affected as well as patients and care home residents.

Dr Tim Allison, director of Public Health for NHS Highland, said: ‘Though it may seem as though the world is moving back to ‘normal’, Covid is still a very real risk.

‘It may be tempting to wear your mask less, skip hand washing or to go out and socialise more, but I am asking people to think carefully about the impact of reducing those precautions which have helped keep so many of us safe.

‘Reducing transmission is still absolutely vital to allow us to care for people across all NHS Highland services.’