Once again, there were no further cases of Covid-19 anywhere in the Western Isles yesterday (Wednesday October 28) 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 50 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.

NHS Western Isles chief executive Gordon Jamieson last night pointed out that everything might change on Monday (November 2) with the start of the new 5 Levels of restrictions.

According to summaries published nationally, the islands could be put in either Level 0 or Level 1.

Level 0: “Broadly comparable to the position we reached in August when the virus was very suppressed in Scotland but still a threat. At this level we would be able to meet indoors with eight people from three households and most businesses would be open, albeit with safety measures in place.” Nightclubs would stay shut, for instance.

Level 1: “Sees slightly more restrictions, household meetings would reduce to six people from two households but there would still be a reasonable degree of normality overall.”

It's now suggested that whatever the planned Levels say, the restrictions on meeting others indoors will remain in force.

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, no matter how mild, you and your household 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)