The significant rise in Covid-19 cases recorded in the region in recent weeks has not yet begun to level out, and is one of the highest in Scotland.
In the week ending the 22nd August 2021 a total of 913 new cases was recorded, more than doubling from 452 the week before. Numbers of close contacts rose to 2186, and as with cases, more than double the 1059 recorded the previous week.
People across the region are urged to carry on with their efforts to try and suppress the spread of the virus as Dumfries and Galloway continues to sit with one of the highest rates of infection in Scotland – 626 per 100,000 people.
Andrew Rideout, Consultant in Public Health, NHS Dumfries and Galloway, said:
“We are learning week by week, month by month about the difference being made as a result of high numbers of people being vaccinated, and the one certainty is that it is helping in the prevention of serious illness when people contract the virus.
“The incidence of people being hospitalised due to illness through Covid-19 is significantly less than it was in waves one and two.
“However, cases continue to increase. The virus still poses a risk and has the potential to significantly disrupt our everyday lives, and essential services like education and health and social care.
“We are already seeing some disruption since schools returned after the summer break last week, due to people having to self isolate, get tested and await results. The good thing is that with the new self isolation rules and guidance made possible as result of the high numbers of people vaccinated, this kind of disruption can be minimised, provided we follow the process quickly and correctly. That said, ultimately the best way to prevent disruption to services is to suppress the virus.
“With restrictions now almost all removed it is so important to continue doing what we can all do every day to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in order to minimise the disruption and upheaval that comes about as a result of someone contracting the virus and testing positive; like wearing face coverings, hand hygiene, being thoughtful about our interactions, regular testing and getting vaccinated.”
For the new guidance on self isolation, since the 9th August, and a step by step guide please go to this link online a digital self-help isolation guide.
If you experience any symptoms of COVID, however mild, please don’t ignore them. Immediately self-isolate and book a test.
“For information on testing, visit www.nhsdg.co.uk/testing/
“For information on vaccinations, visit www.nhsdg.co.uk/vaccines/