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3 New #Covid Cases in Orkney

The cumulative total of Covid cases in Orkney is now at 184 as 3 more positive test results were published today.

The stats for Scotland published on 21st of August 2021 are as follows:

  • 3,464 new cases of COVID-19 reported
  • 33,710 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results
    • 10.9% of these were positive
  • 3 new reported death(s) of people who have tested positive
  • 32 people were in intensive care yesterday with recently confirmed COVID-19
  • 320 people were in hospital yesterday with recently confirmed COVID-19
  • 4,075,555 people have received the first dose of the Covid vaccination and 3,541,708 have received their second dose
  • n the week ending 15 August, 41 deaths were registered where COVID-19 was on the death certificate

Since the start of the outbreak:

  • 8,067 people have died who have tested positive as at 20 August
  • 10,464 deaths have been registered in Scotland where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate up to 15 August
  • 32% of COVID-19 registered deaths related to deaths in care homes, 61% were in hospitals and 7% were at home or non-institutional settings (as at 15 August)

Although Scotland is at Beyond Level 0 people are reminded to

And for travel into and out of Scotland’s islands please take 2 tests to try and limit the transmission of the Covid virus into our communities.

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  1. As I still don’t go anywhere indoors where there are unknown people, and Mike just goes to Stromness for shopping once a week, we only saw The Orcadian today – Saturday.

    Pages and pages of young folk – presumably mostly not vaccinated? Out for a night on the town for a kind-of pretend ‘Show night’.

    What are they thinking of? And what Is the Orcadian thinking of publishing that article – in effect, encouraging people to behave that way?

    The word ‘normality’ was used far too often. We are far from normality.

    The number of positive results for Orkney keeps on going up.

    And the most vulnerable find it harder to see ahead to a time when THEY can have a night out again.

    What each of us does, affects all of us.

    That item in the Orcadian is irresponsible and plain wrong.

    Remember this ….. https://theorkneynews.scot/2021/07/09/a-testing-tale/ …..which includes a – true – tale of the result of a thoughtless night out.

    Wise up people, for goodness sake, wise up.

    • Of course the numbers are going to go up, restrictions have eased and more people are moving about, visiting our county and also enjoying socialising. This includes people of all ages, not just young folk so I find it a tad frustrating when the fingers of assumption get pointed at the youths in our community and they appear to get blamed for being irresponsible and spreading the virus when they are simply doing what they’ve been told they are fully permitted to do under the current guidance. Please continue to be cautious, but please stop blaming the young folk

      • I was commenting on the pictures in The Orcadian. Take a look.

        And, I’m going to say it – my Mother used to say to me “Just because everyone else puts their hand in the fire doesn’t mean that you do too.”

        Doing what you’re told by those in authority, isn’t always a good idea.

  2. I don’t know which article(s) you are referring to but I have also noticed that the Orcadian tends to bring the wrong messages across these days. My personal suspicion is that there is pressure from two sides: business customers who advertise and possibly even from OIC who has not listened to the science since the very beginning of the pandemic despite having had it presented on a silver plate with everything publicly available without paywalls.
    In my personal opinion the Orcadian may have lost the understanding what journalism’s job is… journalism is certainly not intended to be the megaphone of interests of businesses and/or local authorities.

    Talking about authorities, government etc.: I recommend yesterday’s weekly broadcast of the independent sage group and the last two reports, all accessible from their website https://www.independentsage.org/
    Many of us probably know fine that governments often do not follow the science, irrespectively of how often they claim to do so.
    But yesterday’s session brought it home… the timeline of developments in context is a true eye-opener. They have not broken it down to nation levels (devolved administrations) or even lower levels. But at least for Orkney I have been working on a similar timeline starting February 2020, comparing when scientific evidence became available, when (if! in some cases) the findings were reflected in actions of OIC and NHS Orkney etc.
    This timeline will be made publicly available (most likely in spring 2022).
    Perhaps it will contribute towards better management and preparedness when the next pandemic comes along…

    • Thursday the 19th’s edition, ‘Gaan Oot’….pages…3, 15 and 18. Mostly young – some could be said to be old enough to know better!

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