Orkney records 42 COVID cases over last 48 hours
Orkney has recorded 42 cases of COVID-19 over the past 48 hours, according to data published by the Scottish Government.
This brings the county’s case total since the pandemic began to 1,111.
The rise in cases comes after a testing delay yesterday and NHS Orkney identifying a number of COVID positive cases among individuals that attended large social events/establishments in Kirkwall town centre on Saturday, December 18.
The health board is now asking everyone who went along to one of these last weekend considers taking daily lateral flow tests until Tuesday, December 28.
If one of these is positive, or if people develop any symptoms then, as usual they should please isolate and get a PCR test.
Lateral flow tests are available online, from local pharmacies and also from the COVID vaccination centre.
On the latest COVID guidance, a spokeswoman from NHS Orkney said:
NHS Orkney explained that regular lateral flow tests, when you are showing no symptoms, are vital to ensuring we can keep ourselves safe and identify positive cases as early as possible.
Additionally, if you are travelling back to Orkney from anywhere abroad, please follow the latest regulations regarding PCR tests and self-isolation. Lateral flow tests before leaving the islands and returning are still encouraged by the Scottish Government.
If you do develop any COVID symptoms or have a positive lateral flow test, self isolate with your household immediately and seek a PCR test. As a reminder, booking is not required for PCR tests in Orkney, you can just drive to the COVID Testing Centre (Old Balfour) and you will be instructed from there on the next steps. If you do require support for COVID testing or can’t drive to the centre, please call 0300 303 9545.