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