NHS bosses initially rolled out testing in the Sanquhar and Kelloholm areas late last week and interim public health director Valerie White said: “We have seen an excellent uptake in the opportunity to be tested for Covid-19 in Upper Nithsdale from the community.
“This has enabled the identification of a number of additional cases of Covid-19 infection, including some where people had no symptoms and others where people had very mild symptoms.
“We have been able to trace chains of infection, but would very much encourage all those people in Sanquhar, Kelloholm and the immediate surrounding area to make full use of the testing that is in place until the end of the week. “
And she advised anyone experiencing symptoms to self-isolate along with their household and arrange to be tested, as well as those with a mild illness, such as diarrhoea, runny nose or sore throat.
A mobile testing unit will be stationed at Mill Hill Centre in Corserig Crescent, Kelloholm, every day this week.
To book a test, visit the website https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or call 0800 028 2816.