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There’s been an outpouring of support from the Islands for the residents and staff of Taigh a’Chridhe Uile Naomh (Sacred Heart House) care home, in Daliburgh.
This home has been affected the Covid-19 outbreak in South Uist which has led to 50 cases of infection with the virus in the area.
Toiletries, shortbread and sweets were very kindly donated by the Tesco store in Stornoway after the store gave its customers the opportunity to show support to care home residents in the islands, setting aside a trolley to be filled with donations.
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Service Manager for Residential Services, Ella Macbain, herself based in Benbecula, said: “Such goodwill and kind gestures are appreciated very much as the Western Isles island communities show their support to Sacred Heart House during these difficult days.
“We have received telephone, and email messages, donations of various kinds.”
Ella Macbain added that the Borrodale Hotel in Daliburgh “has also been very flexible and accommodating in meeting the needs of staff from Lewis and Harris.”  Quite a few staff from the northern parts of the Western Isles have been involved in the extensive operation in South Uist, Benbecula and Eriskay to control the outbreak of the virus.
Meanwhile, Western Isles NHS has confirmed there are no further cases in either the Uist or Lewis outbreaks of Covid-19.  In addition, a further possible positive test resulting from a mainland test is being retested on the Western Isles. The mainland laboratory system was designed to provide rapid results for a large number of screening tests.  Where a result is a ‘weak positive’ in someone without risk factors for exposure to Covid-19, a confirmatory test is recommended.
The confirmatory test that is used by NHS Western Isles in the local laboratory is called a Cepheid test which is considered to be the ‘gold standard’ in testing for Covid-19 and is used as the system to ‘retest’ as necessary.  Where this test is negative, the mainland laboratory test is regarded as a ‘false positive’.