Coronavirus in Scotland: Borders town sees 17 new cases in Covid outbreak

A Borders town has suffered a coronavirus outbreak, with 17 new cases linked to a care provider.

NHS Borders’ Health Protection team, supported by Scottish Borders Council, is currently dealing with an outbreak of Covid-19 based around Jedburgh.
NHS Borders’ Health Protection team, supported by Scottish Borders Council, is currently dealing with an outbreak of Covid-19 based around Jedburgh.

NHS Borders’ Health Protection team, supported by Scottish Borders Council, is currently dealing with an outbreak of Covid-19 based around Jedburgh.

There are currently 17 confirmed cases linked to the outbreak which are associated with family groups and home care services provided by SB Cares.

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Not all confirmed cases are resident in the town.

Members of the Test and Protect team are currently contacting the people who have received a positive test result, and their close contacts to provide them with advice.

Tim Patterson, Director of Public Health, said: “Whilst the level of Covid-19 infections in the Borders remains low compared to other areas, it is still essential that everyone remains vigilant for the symptoms of Covid-19 and follows the Scottish Government guidance and public health advice available at NHS Inform.

“If you develop any symptoms of Covid, 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.

“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.”

Jen Holland, Chief Operating Officer of SB Cares, said: “We have contingency plans in place to ensure that our ongoing service provision to clients in Jedburgh is maintained and that we can continue to safely support all of our clients.”

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