WORKERS in a Borders factory have tested positive for coronavirus.
Eight employees have tested positive at Farne Salmon on Station Road, Duns.
NHS Borders and Scottish Borders Council made the announcement at 1.07pm today (December 22).
A joint spokesperson said factory staff are working alongside an Incident Management Team, NHS Borders, Public Health Scotland and the council to “discuss appropriate measures”.
Close contacts are being advised to self-isolate while arrangements for the further testing of other employees who worked in the same area are being arranged.
NHS Borders’ public health director Tim Patterson said: “Where clusters of cases develop we must find them and act quickly to prevent further spread.
“The IMT is working with Farne Salmon management to discuss all appropriate measures to contain this cluster.
“The people confirmed to have the infection and their close contacts in the community have been identified and advice provided.
“As a further precautionary measure, arrangements are also being made for the further testing of other employees who worked in the same area as the positive staff.
“The continued increase in the number of confirmed cases in the Borders is a reminder of how contagious this virus is.
“It is more important than ever that everyone continues to stick to the rules, if you are showing any symptoms of COVID-19 you must self-isolate and book a test immediately.
“Whilst you wait for your test results the people you live with must also self-isolate.
“Please be extra vigilant this festive period and carefully consider your arrangements for Christmas. If you can avoid meeting with other households indoors on Christmas Day please do so.
“Please continue to follow the FACTS guidance: Face coverings; Avoid crowded place; Clean hands and surfaces regularly; Two metre distance; and Self isolate and book a test immediately if you have any symptoms.”