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coronavirus

25 COVID cases recorded in Orkney

Orkney has recorded 25 cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, according to data published by the Scottish Government.

This brings the county’s case total since the pandemic began to 1,597.

Following the change to COVID-19 guidance, PCR tests are now required if:

  • You develop symptoms (e.g., a new continuous cough, fever, a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) and have not already received a positive Lateral Flow test.
  • You fall into the extremely clinically vulnerable category 
  • An isolation grant is required 

If you test positive on a Lateral Flow test and do not fall into any of the above, you should immediately begin isolating and record your result online. The instructions for this process are included in your test kit but as a reminder, you should log them at https://www.nhsinform.scot/campaigns/coronavirus-covid-19-report-your-test-result.  

Isolation guidance can be found here https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19/test-and-protect/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-individuals-with-possible-coronavirus-infection. 

Lateral Flow tests can be collected locally from community pharmacies or ordered online via https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests.  

As a reminder, if you require a PCR test you do not need to call, you can simply arrive at the drive through testing centre (old Macmillan unit at the old Balfour). If you do not drive, please call 0300 303 9545 for further assistance. The timetable for the testing centre can be found via https://www.ohb.scot.nhs.uk/news/community-testing-service-update-procedure-15-november-2021.