Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan earlier today raised in Parliament the outbreak of COVID-19 that has occurred in Uist over the course of the past week.
24 positive cases associated with the outbreak have been confirmed by NHS Western Isles as of 30 September, with one islander having to be airlifted to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.
The islands MSP expressed concern at the situation and asked the First Minister for an update.
Commenting, Alasdair Allan said:
“This situation continues to be of great concern, and my thoughts are with all the families affected.
“Schools in Daliburgh and Liniclate have been closed until after the October holidays, Ospadal Uibhist agus Bharraigh (Uist and Barra Hospital) in Balivanich has restricted visiting and the local hospitality sector has undertaken a self-imposed shutdown.
“As I impressed on the First Minister today, the impact of this outbreak in an island community with limited health services is significant and will need to be monitored on an ongoing basis.
“This underlines the fact that every household and community has to be on their guard and comply with the public health guidance. If you develop symptoms, you can book a test by phoning 01851 601 151. Please limit your contact with other households and avoid car-sharing. Ensure physical distancing and good hand hygiene. People should work from home if they can and avoid non-essential travel.”