NHS Dumfries & Galloway

‘No break’ in push to reduce COVID cases

NEW cases of COVID-19 have continued to decline in Dumfries and Galloway – standing at 201 in the week ending Sunday January 31.

This is down from 270 in the previous week, and with the number of close contacts identified and advised to self-isolate down from 531 to 300.

Interim Director of Public Health Valerie White said: “While this is good progress, and is doubtlessly due to people’s efforts and sacrifices, we really need to see these numbers come down.

“I’m afraid we don’t get a break or a ‘breather’ in our push to reduce the number of cases – this effort needs to be maintained, for the sake of ourselves, our loved ones and our communities.”

A total of 4758 COVID-19 tests were carried out in the week ending January 31, and the locally calculated positivity rate for Dumfries and Galloway is estimated around 4.7 per cent – down from 6 per cent.

As at 28/01/2021, the overall seven day positivity rate is 143.1 per 100,000.

Positive COVID-19 cases are present across all four locality areas in Dumfries and Galloway – Annandale and Eskdale, Nithsdale, Stewartry and Wigtownshire.

There is evidence of wide community transmission across the region, and there is continuing evidence that people identified as close contacts of cases are developing COVID-19.

Transmission continues to be seen in situations such as workplace settings and the sharing of vehicles, and it is vital that everyone continues to follow the national guidance aimed at limiting the spread of the coronavirus.

Crucially, if you experience any symptoms of COVID-19 – a raised temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss of or change to sense of taste and/or smell – please immediately self-isolate along with the rest of your household, arrange to be tested, and continue to remain isolated until you receive a negative result. Support is available for anyone who receives a positive result.