NHS Dumfries and Galloway Chief Executive Jeff Ace said: “The virus has changed many aspects of our lives and, for a growing number of families in the region, it has brought the tragedy of bereavement. Its impact could, though, have been much worse in terms of the numbers of people hospitalised or requiring critical care, and in the number of patients dying from the virus. Staying at home, social distancing, practising good hand hygiene, working from home and working safely in essential roles in your place of work have all contributed greatly in helping to minimise the impact of COVID-19 in Dumfries and Galloway.
“But we can see from the extraordinary number of patients who continue to be cared for by our critical care teams, or by the challenges in our care homes across the region, that this problem is far from over. That is why it is so important that every single one of us continues in these containment efforts in the weeks ahead. By doing so we will save lives.
“Our containment efforts succeeded to the point that we weren’t overwhelmed by COVID-19 in its first wave, but we now recognise that we’re going to have to live with a ‘new normal’ for some time. We will need to work out what that means for all of us, and how we can continue to help and support each other and our communities.”