The cumulative total of Covid cases in Orkney is now at 971 as 2 new positive test results were recorded in the Health Board area, 13th December 2021.
Public Health Scotland no longer publish stats for the weekend.
- On 11th December 2021 Orkney recorded 5 new cases, cumulative total 963
- On 12th December 2021 Orkney recorded 6 new cases, cumulative total 969
Waste water monitoring by SEPA and Scottish Water shows that Covid is still present in the community.
The stats for Scotland published on 13th of December are as follows:
- 3,756 new cases of COVID-19 reported
- 34,138 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results
- 11.8% 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)
- 39 people were in intensive care yesterday with recently confirmed COVID-19
- 561 people were in hospital yesterday with recently confirmed COVID-19
- 4,364,519 people have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination, 3,976,670 have received their second dose, and 2,154,571 have received a third dose or booster.
The rules on self-isolation for household contacts has changed.
If you’re identified as a household contact of a positive COVID-19 case, you are advised to self-isolate for 10 days – irrespective of vaccination status, PCR test result and age.
If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms you should self-isolate immediately and take a PCR test.
If you do not have symptoms, you can order rapid lateral flow tests for regular testing at home.
We’re encouraging everyone to take regular tests, particularly if you’re socialising or mixing with other households.
Find out how to book LFD and PCR tests.
Follow the guidance on self-isolating.
Business and organisations providing public services can apply for a critical workers exemption to allow essential workers to volunteer to leave self-isolation and return to work, in certain limited circumstance, to allow vital services to continue.
Please remember to continue to protect yourself and others:
- get the vaccine or the vaccine booster
- if you don’t have symptoms take regular lateral flow tests – especially before mixing with other people – order LFD tests
- think carefully about unnecessary contact with other people, especially in crowded places – it would be sensible to postpone work Christmas parties
- wear a face covering where required
- if you have symptoms – self isolate and book a PCR test
- wash your hands regularly, and cover your nose and mouth if coughing or sneezing
- open windows when meeting indoors
- if you can, keep your distance from people not in your group
- work from home if possible
- use the apps: COVID status, Protect Scotland and Check-in Scotland
The numbers keep on quietly going up. We’re nearing 1,000 – which is a sizeable percentage of the population.
People are still getting ill, some are getting very ill, some are staying ill, some are dying, yet large gatherings such as the ‘Ba and various music events are still going ahead, and still being planned.
Do the people organizing these events have no social conscience?
Does OIC have no social conscience when giving permission for these events to go ahead?
Please folks – weigh it up and Boycott the non-sense – for all our sakes.
Bernie the Ba’ Committee have been sensible and cancelled this year’s Ba.
Thank you Peter – I’m very pleased to hear it.
We only got The Orcadian yesterday, in which the ‘Ba is reported as going ahead – as is the Del Amitiri concert.
My view of what’s happening was out of date – that’s what comes of being someone who stays at home these days!
I’ve hunted about, and found that it was only cancelled yesterday – helps to make me feel less of a social pariah.
Social pariah or not – I’m glad they saw sense.
It was a very unwise decision taken by PHS to stop the weekend reporting. The 2 cases reported only refer to the latest 24 hour period. In total over the weekend Orkney case numbers went up by 13.
The waste water results have also to be interpreted with caution. Shetland and Western Isles had ‘failed results’ and this does not necessarily mean the virus is not present. Similarly, Orkney’s lower numbers do not necessarily mean that numbers are down. It is quite logic: Sometimes you don’t detect something which is present. But if you detect something, it is certainly there…
Quite relieved that some larger events are not going ahead, but there are smaller ones which still take place and one can only hope that people adhere to all NPIs at all times.
Why cannot I see these13 cases logged and displayed in the case stats?
If PHS stopped reporting this last weekend – would they not roll up the cases into todays?
Have these cases just not been reported? That is dangerous.
Peter I have posted the cases and if you look at the cumulative total image you can see them there too
Thanks Fiona – see them now – just thought things might be improving
Last Friday’s session of the independent sage group https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntpo7FKhcEY
A recommendation for everyone who is pretty fed up with Boris & Co appearances which do not tell us much… and it is well worth to listen to the guest speakers, one of which a palliative care medic.
There are some uncomfortable truths discussed… and we should finally begin to ask ourselves what kind of society we have become.