COVID case cluster identified in Forth Valley

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A number of COVID-19 cases have been linked to a Forth Valley ‘cluster’.

NHS Forth Valley are investigating  the cluster, with five positive cases already having been reported.

The Test and Protect staff have already identified a list of close contacts who have been linked to the individuals in the cluster. 

Those who have been linked with the cluster are already self-isolating. 

Additionally, the contact tracing team have identified a list of businesses with links to those have tested positive. 

The sights linked to the cluster are: Village Inn in Dunblane, Tesco Dunblane, GS Meldrum Newsagent in Dunblane, Bridge of Allan Sports Club, and McDonald’s Drip Road in Stirling. 

The NHS and Stirling Council are already working alongside the businesses effected to provide advice and support. 

Officials have said that the risk to anyone who has recently visited any of the affected premises is likely to be “extremely low”, and only those who have been contacted as close contacts are obliged to self-isolate. 

Dr Jennifer Champion, Consultant in Public Health Medicine and Chair of the IMT, said: “NHS Forth Valley has been working closely with our council partner to investigate this cluster. Close contacts have already been contacted by our Test and Protect service so if you have not been contacted by the NHS then you do not require to self-isolate or book a test.”

“I would like to reassure the local community that the risk remains low however, it’s important to continue to follow the national guidance to protect themselves and others. This includes physical distancing indoors and outdoors, washing your hands regularly, using hand gel provided and arranging to get tested immediately if you develop any of the symptoms of Covid-19.”

Officials are also urging for people not to book a test unless they are experiencing symptoms or have been told to do so by Test and Protect. 

Image credit: Falkirk Herald

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