We had hoped that the number of Covid cases in our region would be falling as they have in other areas of Scotland.
Unfortunately, the number of cases in Dumfries and Galloway is rising, with 274 new cases identified in the week up to 8 August. There were 212 in the previous week. The number of identified close contacts has also risen quite dramatically, with 679 in the past week compared to 501 the previous week.
Thankfully, because of vaccinations, this isn’t resulting in the high numbers of very sick people that we saw in previous Covid waves. However, the increased numbers of cases and contacts is impacting on lives, businesses, and health and social care services.
Unfortunately, getting vaccinated doesn’t mean that you can’t catch Covid. But it does mean that your body is better prepared to cope with the coronavirus and that, hopefully, you won’t experience its worst effects.
Lockdown measures helped to reduce the spread and, while many of the legal requirements have been lifted, the principles remain the same. Don’t give Covid the chance to spread. Please be as careful as possible. Use your judgement around your interactions, maintain good hand hygiene, wear a face covering in indoor public spaces and on public transport, get vaccinated if you haven’t already done so, and use regular testing opportunities. Most importantly, immediately self isolate along with your household and arrange for a PCR test if you experience any Covid symptoms.