Coronavirus: Outbreak in Hawick grows to 22 cases

A FURTHER three people have tested positive for coronavirus in Hawick, according to NHS Borders.

The town’s outbreak now stands at 22 cases, meaning the Borders has recorded 384 cases since March.

A Mobile Testing Unit (MTU) will be in Galashiels at the Netherdale Car Park this Tuesday (September 8) and Wednesday between 10am and 1pm.

And a facility will run in Hawick’s Teviotdale Leisure Centre car park on the same days between 3pm and 5pm.

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday this week (September 10-12) the MTU will be in Galashiels from 10am to 5pm.

To date, the NHS Borders Test and Protect team has been in contact with 198 people identified as ‘close contacts’ connected to the Hawick outbreak.

Associate director of public health Keith Allan said: “Although the risk of catching COVID-19 in Hawick and across the Borders remains very low, the outbreak in Hawick is a reminder of just how contagious the virus is.

“We know that people are keen to resume some sort of a ‘normal life’ however in doing so please make sure that you adhere to the relevant guidance to keep you and others safe.

“For example, if you go out to a cafe, pub or restaurant remember you must physically distance from everyone outside your own household.

“The symptoms of COVID-19 are a fever, new persistent cough or loss of taste or smell.

“If you experience one of more of these you must self-isolate immediately and book a test for COVID-19, and the people you live with must also self-isolate until you get your test result.”

To arrange a test, visit: www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or call 0800 028 2816.

While you wait for your test, all household members should self-isolate.

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