The Scottish Government has updated its Testing Strategy. All people contact traced and asked to isolate are also requested to take a Covid19 test whether or not they have symptoms.
The update comes as more information is published on clusters occurring across different parts of Scotland.
In Orkney the 9 positive cases tested recently all came from one fishing vessel. NHS Orkney stated on 17th of August:
“Nine positive Covid-19 cases are now linked to the fishing vessel cluster in Orkney – up three from Friday. The new cases are all crew members from the boat, and all have been self-isolating.
NHS Orkney Director of Public Health Louise Wilson confirmed in the Incident Management Team meeting today that contact tracing in Orkney was now complete and that all those at risk had been spoken to.”
There were 26 new cases in Scotland on Monday with 13 of those in the Grampian cluster. 207 of the 380 cases in the Grampian Health Board area since the 26th of July are linked to Aberdeen pubs.
Clusters have also emerged in Coatbridge and North East Glasgow. Schools are involved in that outbreak.
And 4 new positive cases have been confirmed at the 2 Sisters Food Processing Plant in Coupar Angus.
This highly infectious virus moves rapidly. From the sharp rise in positive cases in Scotland it can be seen how quickly it can spread.
There have been 0 recorded deaths again in Scotland (correct up to 17th of August) , however, this virus can have life changing future health issues for people who catch it.
Scotland adapting its testing strategy is to gear it up for more tests being done as we move about more and as winter weather heads in.
Testing is only part of the process but it is an extremely important one and the document lays out when testing occurs and why.
The responsibility lies not only with government and the NHS but with ourselves. By observing the simple rules of FACTS we can limit the transmission of this virus.
Reporter: Fiona Grahame