Both the constituency MP and MSP have commented following the confirmation of 54 cases of COVID-19 in the Isle of Skye.
Ian Blackford MP (main picture) said:
“Covid-19 is an invisible virus that can strike any community and it has now become a reality for those of us who live on the Island of Skye.
“Fifty-four residents and staff of the Home Farm care home in Portree have tested positive for the virus in one short week, and it has shaken many of us.
“Our thoughts are with all those who have the virus, their family and friends.
“Enhanced case monitoring has been put in place, public health guidance has been reinforced and steps have been taken to ensure the family members of those affected are fully supported.
“As well as putting in place testing for all residents and staff members, the availability of testing at the NHS hospital in Portree will be complemented by a mobile testing unit being established at Broadford from today, run by the 3 Scots battalion of the army.
“Critically, contact tracing is going to be an important part of our capability in dealing with the outbreak of Covid-19, this will be a vital part of NHS Highland’s response.
“The public agencies, the NHS, and Highland Council have shown remarkable leadership in responding to the outbreak.”
Kate Forbes MSP (pictured) said:
“This will be a worrying time for residents, staff and the wider community.
“Whilst our public health agencies act quickly to protect and save lives, we must continue to follow the guidance.
“Now more than ever we have a responsibility to make sure we are taking all appropriate measures to stop the spread of this virus.
“We must all adhere to the public health advice: stay at home, only go outside for essential food, health and work reasons, stay two metres away from other people, wash your hands regularly, and wash your hands as soon as you get home.
“Having such an outbreak as we have on Skye is shocking and worrying.
“By supporting the NHS and our care staff, by protecting all our frontline workers, and by taking all necessary hygiene steps, we can contain the spread of this virus and do our bit to save lives – not just on Skye but in every community.”