CASES of COVID-19 linked to an outbreak in Wigtownshire have increased significantly in the past few days.
The more highly transmissible B.1.1.7 variant has been identified as being a part of this outbreak of which the latest figures for the locality now stands at 221 positive cases since 9th December, which is an increase of 171 since 24th December.
This includes the single biggest increase in COVID cases seen in one area of Dumfries and Galloway since the start of the global pandemic. Meanwhile, there is also concern around cases in lower Annandale where the new B.1.1.7 variant has also been identified.
Additional testing capacity is now in place with a mobile testing unit available in Stranraer from today, 29th December, until 4th January. The booking slots open online at 6pm every evening to book your appointment for the following day.
Location of mobile testing unit: Ashwood House, Stranraer, DG9 7JJ
Times daily up to 4th January: 11am – 3.30pm
You should continue to self isolate at home if you are symptomatic until you are able to book a test. We are working to increase local capacity to support the increased demand that we are currently experiencing as a result of the outbreak.
The booking slots are only available to book through the national testing programme. It is not possible to book by calling the NHS Dumfries and Galloway switchboard.
If anyone who has tested positive for Covid-19, or is self isolating awaiting a test or test result, requires additional support i.e. assistance with acquiring food, financial support (Self Isolation Support Grants/Crisis grants), prescription pick-ups etc, they should contact the Council’s Shielding Team/Single Access Point: 01387 260600.
Meanwhile, an appeal is being issued for people not just to follow all the new Level 4 restrictions, but where possible to go beyond them – trying to stay at home as much as possible and help limit the spread, both locally and potentially to other parts of the region.
To find out the latest details on testing dates and locations in other areas, visit the website https://www.nhsdg.co.uk/testing