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Three crew members on vessel in Invergordon test positive for coronavirus, Port of Cromarty Firth confirms


By Hector MacKenzie

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Invergordon Service Base.
Invergordon Service Base.

THREE crew members aboard a vessel in an Easter Ross town have tested positive for Covid-19, it has been confirmed.

The trio have been transported directly from Invergordon to a secure isolation facility in Aberdeen.

A spokesperson for the Port of Cromarty Firth said: “We can confirm that three crew members aboard a vessel which is berthed alongside the Invergordon Service Base have tested positive for Covid-19.

"Following instructions from the Highland Council’s Port Health Authority and NHS Highland, these individuals have been safely removed from the vessel and transported directly from the service base to a secure isolation facility in Aberdeen.

“The remaining crew are safely quarantined aboard the vessel and are being Covid-19 tested today by an accredited contractor. The contractor will be following strict Cocid-19 secure protocols, including the use of extensive PPE.

“The Port continue to work closely with the Port Health Authority and NHS Highland to ensure all appropriate health and safety measures are in place to manage the situation. The crew will remain quarantined aboard the vessel until further instruction is received from these authorities.

“There is no risk to the wider community. All shore leave was stopped prior to any crew leaving the Invergordon Service Base. Quayside operations and associated activities which could result in personnel interaction were also cancelled.”

Dr Tim Allison, NHS Highland’s director of public health, said: “NHS Highland is aware of a vessel docked in Invergordon in which a small number of crew have tested positive for Covid-19. NHS Highland’s Health Protection Team is working with environmental health officers in Highland Council and all relevant partner agencies to ensure the safety of all the crew on-board. There is no risk to the wider community.”

Related: Another four cases confirmed in NHS Highland area



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