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Coronavirus cases in Grantown increase

By Tom Ramage

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The total number of confirmed COVID 19 cases within the Grantown community is currently 31, of which 29 are linked with Millers of Speyside abattoir.

The abattoir has taken the decision to close for a period of two weeks. This is a voluntary closure and the company have been cooperating fully with the investigation into the outbreak.

In accordance with national guidance NHS Highland’s Health Protection Team has undertaken case follow up. Contact tracing is being carried out with all those identified as close contacts being advised to self-isolate. Any close contacts of positive cases will be identified through this route – if you have not been contacted by our Health Protection Team please be reassured that there is no cause for concern.

There is currently no evidence that food is a source of Covid-19, and it is very unlikely it can be transmitted through the consumption of food.

Food Standard Scotland (FSS) staff working at the plant are aware of the positive cases and are following the necessary health protection advice, including following Scotland’s Test and Protect and self-isolating

We are also aware of links with the care sector and are taking appropriate measures. We have also, given the increase in numbers in the local area, advised local care homes to suspend visiting with immediate effect.

Dr Tim Allison, Director of Public Health with NHS Highland, said: “NHS Highland and partners are working together to manage this community outbreak. Our Health Protection Team is following up with contacts and the appropriate advice is being given to those identified.

“We would also like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that the virus can recur even in rural communities and so everyone should continue to adhere to physical distancing guidelines, wear a face-covering when in enclosed spaces, clean your hands and surfaces regularly and immediately self-isolate if you develop symptoms.”

If anyone requires to self-isolate and they need support, e.g. with food supplies or financial assistance, they should contact the Council’s Freephone Helpline on 0300 303 1362. People wishing to volunteer their help should also contact this number.

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