Covid-19 epidemic in the development of additional healthcare housing at the borders, 24 positive tests


24 people in a border assisted housing development have tested positive for Covid-19. Visitors to Dovecot Court supplementary care homes in Peebles have been banned for the foreseeable future as NHS Borders, SB Cares and Eildon Housing invest.

Of the 24 positive cases, 13 are tenants and 11 are staff.

NHS Borders maintains that “the provision of additional care and support services such as the provision of meals, groceries, cleaning and laundry services” is “ongoing”.

SB Cares chief Jen Holland assured residents the outbreak will not affect other care services provided in the Tweeddale area.

Holland said: “We have strong contingency plans in place to ensure that our continued service delivery to Dovecot Court customers is maintained throughout this incident and that we can continue to safely support all tenants.

“We continue to communicate regularly with tenants and families and would like to thank them for their continued support and cooperation.

“There is no impact on other SB Cares services in the Tweeddale area.”

Coronavirus outbreak has infected 24 people at Dovecot court

Tim Patterson, director of public health, urged Scots to continue to “be vigilant” despite low levels of Covid-19 at the borders.

He said: “Although the level of COVID-19 infections at the borders remains low compared to other regions, it is still essential that everyone remains vigilant for the symptoms of COVID-19 and follows the guidelines. from the Scottish Government and public health advice available from the NHS. Inform.

“If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, which are a new continuous cough, fever or high temperature (37.8 ° C or higher) and / or loss or change in smell or taste, you should self-isolate immediately and visit NHS Inform or call 0800 028 2816 to book a test.

“A new continuous cough is defined as if you cough a lot for more than an hour, or if you cough three or more times in 24 hours.

“If you cough normally, it may be worse than usual.

“While you are waiting for your test, everyone in your household should self-isolate.

“It’s really important to prevent the potential spread of this highly contagious virus. ”

You can book a test by going online or by calling 0800 028 2816. While you are waiting for your test, everyone in your household should self-isolate.

It comes as Scotland’s coronavirus death toll reached 3,459 on Friday.

In the last 24 hour period recorded, 32 new deaths were recorded and 1,018 new infections were recorded during the same period.

The figures bring the total number of confirmed cases in Scotland to 86,630.

There are currently 1,234 people hospitalized with Covid-19, while 88 are being treated in intensive care.


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