Everyone can get a Covid-19 test in Dumfries and Galloway

A total of 111 new positive Covid-19 cases were recorded in Dumfries and Galloway in the week ending February 14.

Thursday, 18th February 2021, 12:30 pm
Updated Thursday, 18th February 2021, 2:16 pm
The Covid-19 test centre in Stranraer

This marked a drop from 139 new cases in the previous week, but still meant that new cases of Covid-19 are being identified across the region.

The total number of 227 people were identified as close contacts and advised to self-isolate – down from 311 the week before, as the number of tests taking place had increased to 4482 from 3718 the previous week.

The locally calculated positivity rate for Dumfries and Galloway is estimated at about 2.8 per cent, down from 4.2 per cent the week before.

This means that as of February 11 the overall seven day positivity rate was at 89.3 per 100,000, whereas for the week ending February 4 it was 04/02/2021 was 95.4.

Testing is now available for everyone across Dumfries and Galloway, regardless of whether or not they have symptoms.

Those who have no symptoms and are being tested do not need to self-isolate while waiting for their test results.

Interim Director of Public Health Valerie White said: “We’re happy to say that capacity is in place to allow a broadening of testing arrangements, with the hope that this may lead to more cases of Covid-19 being detected – helping to stop the spread.

“We appreciate people may need to travel to access asymptomatic testing, but anticipate that access will increase over the coming weeks.”

To arrange to be tested visit https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or call 0300 303 2713.

Those without symptoms need to state that they are taking part in a Government pilot project, and select the option ‘The person is taking part in community testing’.

Meanwhile, a total of 49,866 first dose Covid-19 vaccinations have now been delivered in Dumfries and Galloway.

The majority of people aged 65 and over have now received a vaccination, along with those who are shielding, care home residents and the majority of front line health and social care staff.

Work has been taking place this week to vaccinate those aged 60 to 64, and preparations are now being put in place to begin delivering a second dose to care home residents and staff.