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coronavirus

Orkney records 32 new COVID-19 cases

A total of 32 new cases of COVID-19 have been registered to Orkney during the past 24 hours, according to figures published by the Scottish Government.

As it stands, a total of 1,667 cases of the virus have been confirmed in the county since the pandemic began, including 185 during the past seven days.

Following the change to COVID-19 guidance, 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.