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Community-spirit of Ullapool praised by Highlands & Islands MSP Maree Todd, as Wester Ross village pulls together amid impact from Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic

By Philip Murray

Maree Todd MSP. Picture: Gary Anthony. Image No.044049.
Maree Todd MSP. Picture: Gary Anthony. Image No.044049.

INDEFATIGABLE residents of a Wester Ross village have been praised for their community spirit after they pulled together in the face of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Maree Todd, a list MSP for the Highlands & Islands region, grew up in Ullapool and has thanked the community for the way they have pulled together in challenging circumstances.

Commenting in a short video message, Ms Todd praised the power of community initiatives.

Ullapool residents have been delivering food parcels to those in need and set up isolation support groups amid calls for people to self-isolate.

“The scale of the challenge in front of us is truly without precedent," said Ms Todd. "The steps recommended represent a major change for all of us – a change from life as we know it.

“It’s now as important as ever to pull together and look out for one another. Ullapool is just one of many villages and towns throughout the Highlands & Islands who have demonstrated the strength in community through a number of community initiatives.

In the video message, posted to the Ullapool Community Page on Facebook, Ms Todd added: “I just wanted to send a wee message to the village I grew up in, Ullapool, to thank you so much for all the work you are doing to ensure that the people in our community who are vulnerable, or who might become vulnerable because of this virus, are being looked after.”

The Ullapool community has responded to the Covid-19 outbreak by delivering food parcels to community members in need, setting up self-isolation Facebook groups to support one another, and are currently looking into setting up a community crisis fund.

The current health protection measures are as follows:

  • The first port of call for anyone looking for information is the NHS Inform website www.nhsinform.scot
  • Those with mild symptoms do not need to be tested.
  • They should continue to stay at home for seven days and only telephone their GP or 111 if their condition worsens during that period.
  • If somebody has symptoms of Covid-19, a persistent cough or a fever, they should isolate themselves for seven days.
  • As far as is possible, they should not leave the house, and reduce contact with other people in the house as much as possible.
  • In addition, anyone else in a household where someone has symptoms, should isolate for 14 days.
  • That covers the 7 days for which the first person is infectious, and a further 7 days to see if they or anyone else gets the virus.

Anyone without Covid-19 symptoms looking for general information should phone NHS Scotland’s free helpline on 0800 028 2816. The helpline is open from 8am to 10pm each day.

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