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Covid Numbers Rising Again

4th October 2020

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The numbers for Covid cases announced on 3rd October 2020 for Scotland show that the spread of the disease goes on.

  • 764 new cases of COVID-19 reported; this is 12.1% of newly tested individuals.

  • 22,144 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results.


During the week ending 3 October:

  • 38,879 people newly tested - 4,219 positive

  • 113,709 tests reported (21 tests per 1,000 population)


Since the start of the outbreak, a total of 795,629 people in Scotland have been tested. Of these people:

  • 31,451 were positive.

  • 764,178 were confirmed negative.


A total of 695,915 COVID-19 tests carried out through NHS labs and 1,009,712 tests through UKG Labs in Scotland have reported results.

Deaths

On 3 October there were 4 new reported death(s) of people who have tested positive.

In the week ending 27 September, 10 deaths were registered where COVID-19 was on the death certificate.

Since the start of the outbreak:

  • 2,530 people have died who have tested positive

  • 4,257 deaths have been registered in Scotland where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.


46% of COVID-19 registered deaths related to deaths in care homes, 46% were in hospitals and 7% were at home or non-institutional settings (as at 16 September).

1 October 2020

NHS Highland has become aware of fifteen cases of COVID-19 within the community in the Fort William area over the past week. Most of these cases are linked as part of two local community clusters.

NHS Highland's Health Protection Team has undertaken case follow up in accordance with national guidance. Contact tracing is being carried out with all those identified as close contacts being advised to self-isolate. Any close contacts of positive cases will be identified through this route - if you are not contacted by our Health Protection Team please be reassured that there is no cause for concern.

Dr Tim Allison, Director of Public Health with NHS Highland, said: "We would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that the virus can recur even in rural communities and so everyone should continue to adhere to physical distancing guidelines, wear a face-covering when in enclosed spaces, clean your hands and surfaces regularly and immediately self-isolate if you develop symptoms."

Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 should be tested. You can book a test for yourself, someone you care for, or a child in your care but you only need to book a test if you have symptoms or you have been explicitly asked to get a test by our public health team.

A test can be booked by calling 0800 028 2816 or visiting the NHS Inform website. You do not need to call NHS 24 to organise a test. If you are requiring specific medical advice about symptoms please contact NHS 24 on 111 at all times.

If anyone required to self-isolate needs support, e.g. with food supplies or financial assistance, they should contact the Council's Freephone Helpline on 0300 303 1362.

The Highland Council's Environmental Health team are working closely with NHS Highland's Health Protection team on Test and Protect. Environmental Health will liaise with businesses with possible connections to positive Covid19 cases to check the Covid19 controls in place at the business. The team are happy to provide advice to any businesses that have queries on the Covid19 guidance and recommend businesses email queries to envhealth@highland.gov.uk.

Covid-19 in the Fort William area

1st October 2020

Confirmed case of Covid19 at Culloden Academy, Inverness.

NHS Highland is aware of a confirmed case of Covid19 in a school pupil at Culloden Academy, Inverness.

Dr Tim Allison, Director of Public Health with NHS Highland, said: "National guidance has been followed and all close contacts of the confirmed case are being advised to stay at home and self-isolate for 14 days.

"We are aware that positive cases can cause some local anxiety in the community. Please be reassured that our Health Protection Team is working closely with colleagues within the Highland Council to continually monitor the situation. Strict control measures are in place at the school and there is currently no evidence of transmission within the school itself.

"The school remains open and, unless they have been identified as a close contact, your child should continue to attend if they remain well. Children and staff should not attend school if they develop any of the common symptoms."