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Orkney records 12 PCR COVID cases

Orkney has recorded 12 COVID-19 cases, from PCR tests, 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 1,694.

From now on The Orcadian will be publishing weekly updates of the COVID cases in the county, starting this Friday.

PCR tests are now required if you develop symptoms 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.

This can be done by visiting https://www.nhsinform.scot/campaigns/coronavirus-covid-19-report-your-test-result.  

Self-isolation guidance can be found on 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.  

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, you can 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.