The cumulative total of Covid cases in Orkney is now at 271 as 10 new positive test results were published for the Health Board area. Please remember that each one of these numbers represents a person.
From 4th – 10th September the number of positive cases across Orkney were as follows:
- West Mainland 17
- Stromness, Sandwick, Stenness 12
- East Mainland 10
- Linked South Isles, Hoy and Flotta, North Isles 9
PLEASE NOTE THESE FIGURES WERE AS THEY WERE RECORDED ON PUBLIC HEALTH SCOTLAND
The stats for Scotland published on 13th September 2021 are as follows:
- 4,241* new cases of COVID-19 reported
- 40,749* new tests for COVID-19 that reported results
- 11.3*% of these were positive
- 0 new reported death(s) of people who have tested positive (noting that Register Offices are now generally closed at weekends)
- 90 people were in intensive care yesterday with recently confirmed COVID-19
- 1,048 people were in hospital yesterday with recently confirmed COVID-19
- 4,142,783 people have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination and 3,785,214 have received their second dose
*Please note that due to IT issues, the figures reported today are likely to be an underestimate of the total tests and cases. All affected data will be included in tomorrow’s reports.
People are reminded to:
- get the vaccine when you are offered it
- wear a face covering where required
- wash your hands regularly, and cover your nose and mouth if coughing or sneezing
- self isolate and take a PCR test if you have symptoms
- take regular tests if you don’t have symptoms to reduce the risk of spreading the virus
- meet outside if you can, and open windows when indoors
- keep your distance from people not in your group
- work from home, or do a mixture of home and office working if possible
- use the Protect Scotland and Check-in Scotland apps
10 positive cases identified when only 65 tests were conducted. The case positivity rate should ring some alarm bells at NHS Orkney. Our test numbers have been lagging far behind all other island health boards. The island groups have a similar population size and similar dynamics. So I am always wondering whether Orkney has an insufficient testing capactiy or simply is taking a cavalier approach. Well, they need to mull weeks over FOI requests which mainly want a simple yes or no to a ‘process’ and could be answered instantly, so it may all be due to lacking capacity and knowledge in the senior management.
In the meantime the virus is running wild… and we should not forget that protection might already be waning (hence the booster shot deliberations) especially in the groups who are most vulnerable.
We are going down a dangerous path… the more folk are infected, the more chance the virus gets to formulate its own responses. And we might not like them….
I am not sure it is accurate to say NHS Orkney is not testing as much as Shetland or the Western Isles. The figures today show:
Authority # tests #positive cases
Orkney 65 10
Shetland 77 8
W Isles 71 6
I cannot seem to find older records
It is positive that the case numbers were broken down by area on Orkney News.
By West Mainland/Stromness-Sandwick- Stenness/ East Mainland/ South Isles/ Northern Isles.
Presumably these numbers were published by NHS Orkney.
They should do this everyday so we are aware where the virus is most active.
The impact of keeping schools/colleges open should be made public knowledge.
I am in favour of keeping them so – but we deserve to know the data.
It seems to be everywhere at the moment – so take serious precautions.
Personally I’d take a booster – my first jab was Feb 5th 2021.
Hi Peter, I included a link the the public health Scotland site so that people can check the figures and for each part of Orkney. Please also note that apparently there have been IT issues and that might have affected some of these figures today and tomorrow. (Fiona G)
Cheers Fiona – was aware of the IT snags – and yes, thanks to you, have found the PH Scotland data – but you can’t copy it – at least I couldn’t – take care – Peter