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A chart is now available - on the NHS Western Isles Facebook Page and above - to explain the changes made this month to self-isolation rules in line with public health advice and testing requirements to help maximise testing capacity and ensure a speedier start to the process of contact tracing.

In a statement to the Scottish Parliament on January 5, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that anyone who tests positive for Covid-19, regardless of vaccination status, must still self-isolate for 10 days.

However, since 6 January, new cases are advised they can end self-isolation if they don’t have a fever and test negative on a Lateral Flow Device (LFD) on Day 6 and again at least 24 hours later.

Triple vaccinated close contacts of those who test positive, both household and non-household, or those under the age of 18 and four months, do not need to isolate as long as they return a negative LFD test result each day for seven consecutive days, and remain fever free.

The intention is for the public to be sufficiently reassured of a negative Covid-19 status during the potential incubation period.

Any close contact who is not fully vaccinated (three doses) still has to self-isolate for the 10 days and take a PCR test.

Changes were also made to testing after a positive LFD – people will no longer be asked to take a PCR test to confirm the result.

The latest update from NHSWI says that yesterday (Wednesday January 26) there were 16 cases in the Isles – 3 on North Uist and 13 on Lewis.

NHSWI have 2 vaccination clinics today:

👉 Co-op, Macaulay Road (drop-in) 10.30am - 5.30pm

👉 Harris Hub in Tarbert (appointment only) from 9am - 4pm. There are still slots available in Harris: call 08081968383.

NHSWI Chief Exec Gordon Jamieson said: "Our last clinics in the Co-op are being held this week and I’d like to thank the Co-op for providing the premises and supporting the vaccination programme."
On Tuesday there were  18 cases: 1 on S Uist, 1 on Benbecula, and 16 on Lewis.  On Monday there were 11 cases: 10 on Lewis and 1 on South Uist.  The previous day there were 18 cases: 14 on Lewis, 1 on Benbecula and 3 on South Uist.