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Eight new COVID-19 cases recorded in Orkney

A total of eight new COVID-19 cases have been attributed to Orkney, during the past 24 hours, according to Scottish Government figures.

More than 200 new cases of the virus have been recorded in the county since Christmas Eve, amid record levels nationwide.

On Wednesday, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed that there would be no immediate change to pandemic restrictions as they stand, and urged the public to exercise caution this New Year.

NHS Orkney has reminded the community that PCR testing is available over the festive period.

If you require a PCR test, you can simply drive to the COVID Testing Centre in Kirkwall. No appointment needed. If necessary (i.e., you don’t/can’t drive), you can phone 0300 303 9545 for further assistance. Festive opening hours for the centre are available on https://www.ohb.scot.nhs.uk/news/festive-timetable-covid-testing-centre-and-kirkwall-vaccination-centre-21-december-2021.

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, or receive a positive lateral flow result, you must immediately self-isolate with your household and seek a PCR test.
If you receive a positive PCR result, you and everyone in your household must self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of whether some members have a negative lateral flow or PCR. Some exemptions may apply for health and social care workers.
If you have symptoms but test negative for COVID on both lateral flow and PCR, you are asked to remain cautious. Continue taking daily lateral flows, and limit your social contacts for as long as your symptoms last. All members of your household should continue to complete regular lateral flow tests as well.