NHS Dumfries & Galloway

Increase in COVID cases ahead of Christmas

An increase was recorded in the number of new, additional cases of COVID-19 identified in the region last week – raising concerns in the approach to Christmas.

A total of 48 new positive cases were identified in the week ending December 20, up from 27 in the week before.

Similarly, the number of close contacts who were identified and advised to self-isolate also increased – nearly doubling from 128 in the previous week to stand at 250.

People are encouraged to follow national rules, to consider advice and to use judgement in the run-up to Christmas and New Year – when an increased risk of transmission has been identified.

A total of 3142 COVID-19 tests were carried out last week, down from 3359 the week before.

The locally calculated positivity rate for Dumfries and Galloway is estimated at around 2.2% – up from 1.1% in the previous week.

Positive COVID-19 cases are present across all four locality areas in Dumfries and Galloway, and there is evidence of community transmission across the region.

There is also evidence that people identified as close contacts of cases are developing COVID-19.

Areas including Wigtownshire and Upper Nithsdale in particular are continuing to see rising case numbers. But across the region must be vigilant and anyone experiencing symptoms (even if these are mild) is urged to immediately self-isolate and arrange a test.

Meanwhile, everyone is encouraged to follow the FACTS guidance around wearing of face coverings, maintaining hand hygiene, and physical distance and social interaction, and to have a safe and peaceful Christmas.