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By Fiona Reid
Dumfries and West
Concern as Covid rises

HEALTH bosses are monitoring the situation in Dumfries and Galloway after a 'continuing increase' in the number of covid cases.

And increased testing is to be made available in Stranraer this week following a spike there.

The new cases in the town are related to a number of settings and there

is concern that community transmission could be taking place.

As a result, visiting has once again been suspended at the Galloway Community Hospital, along with indoor visiting at care homes in Stranraer for 14 days.

Valerie White, interim director of public health for the region, said: “I am aware that the decisions regarding visiting will cause a level of anxiety and disappointment among hospital patients, their families, care home residents and their loved ones. However, we must ensure that we do everything we can to protect our patients, our care home residents, staff and their families as we continue to address the challenges that Covid-19 presents.

“Our local Test and Protect team will continue to work with positive cases, identify their close contacts and provide relevant advice and support regarding self isolation to prevent further transmission to the community.”

Ms White acknowledged the concerns of the local community and emphasised that everyone must play their part in the fight against coronavirus. In particular, she stressed that any individual with symptoms, even if they are mild, must self isolate and arrange a test and work with the local Test and Protect Team if they receive a positive result.

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IT'S a long way from Dumfries and Galloway to the Yukon but poet Chrys Salt has bridged the gap with her new work. Chrys, who lives near Gatehouse of Fleet, debuted ‘Skookum Jim and The Klondike Gold Rush, at the Wigtown Book Festival earlier this month. She is a poet with roots deeply planted in the theatre. She has produced four full poetry collections and four pamphlet collections and has performed on BBC Radios 3 and 4, and done readings at venues and festivals across the UK, in the USA, Canada, France, Germany, Finland, India and Australia, where she was The International Poet at The Tasmanian Poetry Festival last year. In addition, she has been the recipient of various awards and bursaries, including a national media award a New Writing bursary from the English Arts Council, a Work Development Award from Creative Scotland) and a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival). In recent years she has been the recipient of two Creative Scotland bursaries, one for completing her collection Dancing on a Rock and the most recent for research in The Yukon for new collection Skookum Jim and The Klondike Gold Rush. Chrys, who is director of The Bakehouse Community Arts in Gatehouse and Big Lit: The Stewartry Book Festival, was awarded an MBE for Services to the Arts in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2014 She spoke to Violet McMurtie about her work and inspirations:

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