Kilcreggan Outbreak Update

Published Date: 

18 Sep 2020 - 19:57
Kilcreggan Outbreak Update - Issued by NHS Highland

 The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases within the Kilcreggan community outbreak has increased to 27 cases, the vast majority are linked to a private event that took place at Cove and Kilcreggan Bowling Club on 07 September.

Today, NHS Highland’s Health Protection Team has been made aware of a confirmed case of Covid-19 in a pupil at Kilcreggan Primary School.  National guidance has been followed and all close contacts of the confirmed case have been identified and advised to stay at home and self-isolate for 14 days.

The school remains open and, unless they have been identified as a close contact, your child should continue to attend if they remain well.  Children and staff should not attend school if they are unwell.

The school reopened for this term with appropriate control measures, including enhanced cleaning in place, in accordance with Scottish Government guidance, and these remain in place.

Dr Tim Allison, NHS Highland’s Director of Public Health, said:

“This is an evolving situation and NHS Highland’s Health Protection Team is undertaking further investigations including case follow up and contact tracing. Investigations are ongoing in light of this further case but so far the majority of the confirmed cases are linked with a private local event.

“We are working closely with Kilcreggan Medical Practice who have been closely involved with the outbreak response.  Anyone that is unwell, even if only mildly symptomatic, should isolate.  You should arrange a test if you have symptoms of Covid-19 or if you have been asked to get a test by NHS Highland’s Health Protection Team. 

“It is important that we do not become complacent and that we continue to follow the national guidance to keep you and others safe. This includes physical distancing, wearing a face-covering when in enclosed spaces, cleaning your hands and surfaces regularly and immediately self-isolating if you develop symptoms.”

Notes to editors:  The latest Covid-19 guidance from NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government, including physical distancing measures and advice for infected households, is available at www.nhsinform.scot

Local businesses were contacted by Argyll and Bute Council’s Environmental Health prior to reopening after lockdown and had already undertaken a significant amount of work to ensure that they had appropriate measures in place to reduce the risk of Covid-19.

Local assistance is available for individuals living in Kilcreggan who have been formally instructed to self-isolate and this can be accessed via the national helpline at 0800 111 4000.  Requests for support should only be made if the person has no other way of obtaining assistance from friends, family, and whose usual support network or self-help via online services such as online shopping or pharmacy delivery services are not available.