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One new COVID-19 case in Orkney

A new positive COVID-19 case has been recorded in Orkney, in the Scottish Government figures.

A spokeswoman for NHS Orkney said it has “no immediate link to the cluster of cases that were tested in the county earlier this week.”

This brings the county’s total to 69 cases.

NHS Orkney chief executive Michael Dickson said that while Orkney had been spared a major outbreak of COVID-19, the ongoing testing of positive cases remained concerning and that the community should remain vigilant while vaccinations were rolled out.

Mr Dickson said: “We are working hard to move through the different priority groups. 

“This weekend, despite the bad weather, people made a real effort to come for their vaccination and we are very happy with the turnout. 

“We do understand that the roads are dangerous in this weather and, if you are in any doubt about getting to the Balfour safely, rather make a new appointment.

Orkney is currently vaccinating those in the 65-69 age group. 

A spokeswoman for NHS Orkney said: “When you do come for your vaccination make sure you come at your allocated time slot as we must ensure social distancing.

“There will be marshals onsite to assist with the flow of patients arriving, we also have wheelchairs available for those who might need help.”

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you must self-isolate immediately and book a test.

To book a test, call  01856 888 211

To reschedule a COVID-19 vaccination, phone 0300 303 5313.

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