There were no further cases of Covid-19 anywhere in the Western Isles yesterday (Saturday October 24) NHS Western Isles reported last night.
This leaves the complete total number of cases on the Islands, according to NHS Western Isles, since the start of the pandemic, at 61 - with 5o in South Uist, Ersikay and Benbecula, one in North Uist, and now 10 in total on Lewis, following the recent three cases reported last week.
One further mainland-detected case has been retested by NHSWI and found to be negative. This increases the disparity again between the nationally published figures for infections and those reported locally.
The mainland laboratory system was designed to provide rapid results for a large number of screening tests. Where a result is a ‘weak positive’ in someone without risk factors for exposure to Covid-19, a confirmatory test is recommended.
The confirmatory test that is used by NHS Western Isles in the local laboratory is called a Cepheid test which is considered to be the ‘gold standard’ in testing for Covid-19 and is used as the system to ‘retest’ as necessary. Where this test is negative, the mainland laboratory test is regarded as a ‘false positive’.
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.
Alternatively you can complete the online COVID-19 Testing Programme Referral Form (NHS Western Isles)