Three people based in Uist have been confirmed as positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 infection, NHS Western Isles said this afternoon (Friday September 25). 

The individuals have mild symptoms that are being managed at home.

These are believed to be the first cases officially reported from Uist.

"Test & Protect actions are under way. Contact tracing is ongoing. Close contacts are being advised to self-isolate and other identified contacts are being followed up and given appropriate advice," NHS Western Isles said.

A Problem Assessment Group (PAG) has been established and is working with Scottish Government, and Public Health Scotland to provide advice and support.

NHS Western Isles Director of Public Health, Dr Maggie Watts said: “Following the identification of these positive results, the individuals involved have been asked to self-isolate for 10 days from onset of symptoms and we are tracing all their contacts, who are also being advised to self-isolate for 14 days from the date of their last contact with the case as a precaution.

“To respect and maintain patient confidentiality, we will not be releasing any further details at this time.”

“We would like to reassure our local communities and visitors to the island that we are taking all necessary steps to contain the virus but it is vital that everyone in the Western Isles follows the current Scottish Government restrictions and FACTS guidance to limit any spread of the virus.”

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • A high temperature (37.8C of greater)
  • And/or a new and continuous cough
  • And/or a loss or change in your sense of smell and/or taste.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you and your household should should immediately self isolate and book a test. To access testing in the Western Isles, contact the COVID-19 Response Team on 01851 601151 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The phoneline will be staffed from 9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday with an answering machine available outwith those hours.

Alternatively you can complete the online COVID-19 Testing Programme Referral Form (NHS Western Isles)