Play your part in keeping Covid-19 under control this winter

As we head into the winter months it is important to remember that coronavirus hasn’t gone away.

Over the course of this year we have seen daily life return to a sense of normality, however it is still crucial that we all follow the rules in place and continue to be careful. By doing this we can help keep each other safe and protect our local health and social care services.

To stay safe you should:

· get the vaccine when you are offered it

· wear a face covering where required

· wash your hands regularly, and cover your nose and mouth if coughing or sneezing

· meet outside if you can, and open windows when indoors

· work from home, or do a mixture of home and office working if possible

· use the apps: COVID-19 status (vaccine passport), Protect Scotland and Check-in Scotland

· regularly test yourself for Covid-19 through the use of the universal Lateral Flow Device (LFD) twice weekly testing offer which can be accessed via local community pharmacies, by calling 119 or by ordering kits online

· If you receive a positive LFD result, feel unwell or if you are asked to, self-isolate and book a PRC test immediately

· If you test positive or you are asked to provide details of people you have been in contact with please try to do so viA online contact tracing. You can conveniently fill in contact tracing details online day or night without needing to speak to one of our Contact Tracers over the phone.

Dr Tim Patterson, Joint Director of Public Health, said: “Pressure on the health and care system always increases during the winter months. Coronavirus adds additional pressure to already busy services. The number of Covid-19 cases has fluctuated in recent weeks but once again we have started to see a slight increase in the number of people who require treatment in hospital. Please continue to help us by following the guidelines in place and acting safely and sensibly. Whilst we are now all able to enjoy much more freedom than has been possible over the past year, by following current guidance we can protect ourselves, our loved ones and help reduce the pressure on our local services.”