NHS Dumfries & Galloway

Call for vigilance as cases persist

A good community response has been helping to tackle a cluster of COVID-19 cases in Upper Nithsdale but a small number of new cases continue to occur, and are cause for concern.

Calls are being made for anyone in Sanquhar, Kelloholm or the immediate surrounding area with any symptoms of concern to arrange testing for COVID, and for everyone to continue adhering to national guidelines aimed at limiting the spread of the virus.

Director of Public Health Valerie White said: “Really good progress has been made in identifying cases of COVID-19 and helping to limit opportunities for spread in Upper Nithsdale. This is due in large part to the fantastic response we’ve seen from the community, and all the efforts which have been made to address this cluster.

“Anyone living in the area who is experiencing symptoms of COVID should self-isolate along with their household and arrange to be tested.

“We also continue to encourage anyone experiencing a mild illness, such as diarrhoea, runny nose or sore throat, to be tested. Testing is also there for those people without any symptoms.

“We’d also encourage everyone to exercise caution and good judgement as lockdown restrictions continue to ease, to continue to follow FACTS guidance and to immediately self-isolate and arrange to be tested if experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.”

A mobile testing unit (MTU) will be regularly stationed at Mill Hill Centre in Corserig Crescent, Kelloholm, DG4 6EL, for the weeks ahead.

Full details are on the NHS Dumfries and Galloway website: https://www.nhsdg.co.uk/testing/ To book a test, visit the website https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or for those without access to the Internet by phoning 0800 028 2816.