COVID-19 cluster Orkney fishing vessel

NHS Orkney has reported nine positive COVID-19 cases in Orkney fishing vessel cluster. Photo: Manchester Airport

Nine positive Covid-19 cases are now linked to the fishing vessel cluster on the Orkney Islands as of yesterday – up three from Friday. 

The new cases are all crew members from the boat and all have been self-isolating.

The crewman who tested positive on Friday had visited Aberdeen while the trawler was in Peterhead. This visit, and the boat’s fishing trip, happened in the weeks before a cluster was confirmed in Aberdeen, and lockdown restrictions were reimposed. The crewman who went to Aberdeen was asked to take a test as a precaution and the positive result had come as a shock.

NHS Grampian and NHS Highland have also been contact-tracing due to the boat visiting Peterhead in Aberdeenshire and Scrabster in the Highlands.

An Incident Management Team (IMT) met yesterday afternoon to discuss progress on containing the spread of the virus. NHS Orkney is working with Scottish Government, Public Health Scotland and local environmental health teams to provide advice and support. Contact tracing across NHS Highland, NHS Grampian and NHS Orkney is ongoing.

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.

“While the immediate challenge has passed, Aberdeen remains in lockdown and we cannot be complacent. We urge the community to take care and to follow the FACTS guidance to limit the spread of the virus,” she said.

NHS Orkney Chief Executive Michael Dickson said today: “NHS Orkney’s Public Health Department is continuing to monitor the situation.

“The community of Orkney should follow the FACTS guidance – remember to keep a physical distance of two metres from others, wear face coverings, wash hands with soap, avoid crowded places and self-isolate and book a test if you are not feeling well.”

Source: NHS Orkney

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Nine positive COVID-19 cases reported in Orkney fishing vessel cluster

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