HAWICK is no longer being managed for an “active outbreak” of coronavirus, according to NHS Borders.
But NHS Borders’ medical director Lynn McCallum has today (September 15) issued a statement on COVID-19 in the Borders.
A section reads: “I am pleased to report that the recent outbreak in Hawick is no longer being managed as an active outbreak, and we thank everyone concerned for their co-operation with the public health advice issued.”
In her statement, Dr McCallum also addressed the 20 new cases recorded in the Borders over the weekend.
She said: “Cases of COVID-19 in the Borders are to be expected.
“Although an increase of 20 recorded positive tests over the weekend appears to be quite a high number, it is important to note that there can be delays in tests being reported which may cause jumps in the data.
“We are seeing increased numbers of cases of COVID-19 across Scotland and the Borders is no different.
“What is really important is that people follow up-to-date advice and guidance in relation to infection prevention and control.
“The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones is to follow the FACTS:
- Face coverings in enclosed spaces
- Avoid crowded places
- Clean hands and surfaces regularly
- Two metre distancing; and
- Self-isolate and book a test if you have symptoms
“If you develop any symptoms of COVID-19 which are a new continuous cough, a fever/high temperature (37.8C or greater) and /or a loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste you should self-isolate immediately and visit NHS Inform or phone 0800 028 2816 to book a test.
“A new continuous cough is defined as if you are coughing a lot for more than one hour, or you have been coughing a lot three or more times in 24 hours.
“If you normally have a cough, it may be worse than usual.
“Whilst you wait for your test all of your household members must self-isolate. This is really important to prevent potential spread of this highly contagious virus.”