BREAKING: Health chiefs announce Forth Valley Covid “cluster” – Daily Record

A cluster of Covid-19 cases is being investigated by NHS Forth Valley – with five positive cases already reported in the region.

Test and Protect staff has already identified a list of close contacts which have been linked to the individuals involved in the cluster, with those contacts already self-isolating.

In addition, contact tracing has also identified five businesses with links to those who have tested positive, with NHS and Stirling Council teams already working with these premises to provide advice and support.

Three of the linked sites are in Dunblane – Tesco, the Village Inn, GS Meldrum Newsagents – while the McDonald’s branch in Stirling’s Drip Road and Bridge of Allan Sports Club have been  pointed out.

Officials have already said the risk to anyone who has visited any of the above premises is likely to be “extremely low” and only those who have been identified as close contacts will be obliged to self-isolate.

They have urged people not to book a test unless they are experiencing symptoms or have been urged to do so by Test and Protect.

Dr Jennifer Champion, Consultant in Public Health Medicine, said: “NHS Forth Valley has been working closely with our council partner to investigate this cluster.

“Close contacts have already been contacted by our Test and Protect service so if you have not been contacted by the NHS then you do not require to self-isolate or book a test.”

“I would like to reassure the local community that the risk remains low however it’s important to continue to follow the national guidance to protect themselves and others.

“This includes physical distancing indoors and outdoors, washing your hands regularly, using hand gel provided and arranging to get tested immediately if you develop any of the symptoms of Covid-19.”