- In Scotland, in the week ending 10 October 2022, the estimated number of people testing positive for COVID-19 was 144,400 (95% credible interval: 122,000 to 168,700), equating to 2.74% of the population, or around 1 in 35 people (Source: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey, UK – Office for National Statistics)
- In the week ending 23 October 2022, there were on average 874 patients in hospital with COVID-19, a 0.1% decrease from the previous week ending 16 October 2022 (875)
- In the week ending 23 October 2022 there were 8 new admissions to Intensive Care Units (ICUs) with a laboratory confirmed test of COVID-19, a decrease of 3 from the previous week (16 October 2022)
- By week ending 23 October 2022 of the 1,041,400 people vaccinated for COVID-19 as part of the Winter 2022 vaccination programme, 93.6% were vaccinated for Flu at the same vaccination appointment
- In the week ending 16 October 2022, there were 52 deaths involving COVID-19 (16 more than the previous week) (Source: National Records of Scotland)
The response to the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to have a wider impact on health and care as a result of the lockdown, economic pressures and changes to health services.
Testing of waste water served by the Kirkwall sewage network for coronavirus’ ribonucleic acid (RNA) shows high positive levels. Previous tests were most likely affected by extensive periods of heavy rainfall.
All covid rules and restrictions have been lifted in Scotland, but the virus has not gone away.
We all need to keep playing our part to protect ourselves and others. You can do this by:
- getting the flu and COVID-19 vaccines if offered, to ensure you are fully protected
- staying at home if you’re unwell with symptoms or have a fever
- opening windows when socialising indoors
- wearing a face covering in indoor public places and on public transport
- washing your hands to protect yourself
Care for yourself and others to help slow down the spread of the virus and reduce pressure on our health services.