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Covid cluster persists in Upper Nithsdale

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By Fiona Reid
Dumfries and West
Covid cluster persists in Upper Nithsdale

A GOOD community response has been helping to tackle a cluster of covid cases in Upper Nithsdale but a small number of new cases continue to occur.

And health bosses say they are ’cause for concern’.

Calls are being made for anyone in Sanquhar, Kelloholm or the immediate surrounding area with any symptoms to arrange testing, and for everyone locally to continue adhering to national guidelines aimed at limiting the spread of the virus.

Director of public health Valerie White said: “Really good progress has been made in identifying cases of Covid-19 and helping to limit opportunities for spread in Upper Nithsdale. This is due in large part to the fantastic response we’ve seen from the community, and all the efforts which have been made to address this cluster.

“Anyone living in the area who is experiencing symptoms of covid should self-isolate along with their household and arrange to be tested.

“We also continue to encourage anyone experiencing a mild illness, such as diarrhoea, runny nose or sore throat, to be tested. Testing is also there for those people without any symptoms.

“We’d also encourage everyone to exercise caution and good judgement as lockdown restrictions continue to ease.”

A mobile testing unit will be regularly stationed at the Mill Hill Centre in Kelloholm for the weeks ahead. To book a test go to or call 0800 028 2816.


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