A New Cluster

Things had been going so well.

On New Year's Eve there was a press release advising that we now have a couple of new cases of the virus on the island.

It seems that two people who had arrived on the island before Christmas to take up new jobs as key workers were subsequently tested positive, after they had been out and about in the community. The  positive tests came after they had completed their mandatory 14 day self isolation.  Their symptoms only showed up in the 7 days after their isolation period ended.

This is a worrying development.

Testing is now underway for people who may have come into contact with them and could be displaying symptoms. Unfortunately, there could potentially be many more who are carrying the virus but not displaying symptoms.  The two seemed to have only visited what we would deem to be "young people" venues, but some of those contacts possibly work in shops, cafes, restaurants etc. around the island.

The first vaccine injections were delivered here today, but these are initially only for health care workers and care home residents. It may be September before our turn comes around.

There is no lockdown as yet and we are being advised that the risk is still low, but there is still that little niggling worry.

We have a little celebration booked for tomorrow for P's "big" birthday.  We shall still go ahead, but I think we shall take care to keep our distance from the crowds.

I realise that this is nothing compared to what is currently happening across the water. I can only hope and wish that this new UK-wide lockdown, announced this evening, prevents further escalation of the virus.


24 comments:

  1. Hope you have a great celebration tomorrow JayCee for P's birthday. We live in strange times. Hopefully next Christmas we will all have sun tans after our autumn sun holidays.

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    1. Thanks Dave. I would happily do without any holidays if we could only be rid of this virus soon.

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  2. This sounds oh so familiar. And it just makes it’s way so silently through the community.
    ‘We’ have been free of the virus for a while- the only new cases were returned international travellers (Australians allowed to come home) in hotel quarantine. Unfortunately in NSW even with all the ppe and stringent safety measures one hotel worker picked it up. Result community transmission with clusters around Sydney. Victorians on holiday there told to come back home then border was closed ..some did ‘with the virus’ ....result clusters here.
    NSW seems to be getting more and more cases....here in Vic we appear to be getting on top of it. Thankfully because none of us want to go through what we did last year. True, nothing like UK or USA but even so.....

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    1. Oh forgot to say Happy Birthday tp P. Big ones or little ones they need to be celebrated in one way or another.

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  3. I am sorry to do hear that. The little community south of me that has been covid free got careless and has a big outbreak, so large, the community was identified on the news. I get my mail there so will be extra cautious now. I have been very careful but now I am limiting myself to one store when I go shopping, either Walmart or Safeway. I go very early, masked and sanitized. Today I even cut out two more masks for me. I have been wearing them since early March and needed a change. Good luck.

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    1. Thank you. I am trying not to worry too much. It is what it is as my old boss used to say.

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  4. Enough reason for a celebration. Enjoy!

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  5. 2021 isn't starting too well. The UK sounds dreadful. Still not too crazy over here, but no vaccines about.

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    1. It does indeed sound awful across the water. I really hope we are not heading the same way.

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  6. Happy Birthday to Mr P - enjoy your little celebration. xxx Mr T (&F)

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  7. Sorry to hear that JayCee. By the way, there can't be many centenarians who are still active runners. That's a lot of candles on the cake. I hope you have bought his noble lordship some slippers that are two sizes too small.

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    1. There are fire extinguishers on standby.

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  8. Don't blame you for your concern, living on a small island makes things much more difficult with limited medical facilities should the spread continue.

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    1. Yes that's our government's main concern.

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  9. That's worrying. All we can do is stay away from other people as much as possible, if possible being even more cautious than the "official line" tells us to be.

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    1. We have just checked into our hotel after meeting friends for lunch and read on the local news that there have been more positive test results overnight. Oh well we are here now. 🙄

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  10. All you can do JayCee is be sensible - which you are!
    xxx

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  11. Happy Birthday to P! Which "big" birthday is it, (is it rude to ask?) Hope you have a nice, safe celebration.
    Take care!

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  12. That niggling worry. I know the feeling. The invisible enemy. You can only carry on and be as careful as you can. Have a great party. Happy birthday Mr P

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  13. It's very worrying when people coming in to work bring it with them. It's a major concern for us on Lewis as one of the few places in Scotland which is not fully locked down. We have shortages of some care staff and agency staff are being brought onto the island as well as many builders on a major building project (housing and a large care home!). Good luck.

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  14. Yes Jaycee - all very worrying. I see more people than most because owing to breaking my hip it means I am having carers and physios - and yesterday a man to fix a handrail. All very worrying as you say. Keep safe

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