People on Barra have been urged to stop using cash for transactions as it can transfer Covid-19 - and to watch out particularly for the Covid-19 symptom of loss or change of taste or sense of smell which has been a common factor in this outbreak.

An Incident Management Team (IMT) meeting was held today (Saturday January 16) to discuss the escalating situation with regard to the COVID-19 outbreak on Barra.

NHS Western Isles says it wishes to stress the vital importance that individuals with symptoms, regardless of how mild, self isolate IMMEDIATELY and arrange a test.

Please do not assume that any symptoms are that of a cold or other winter virus - it is absolutely imperative that anyone with symptoms self isolates and books a test to prevent any potential further spread of the virus. 

Be vigilant for all symptoms, in particular loss or change of taste or sense of smell. Please also be vigilant for any new respiratory symptoms or any new illness and arrange a test if concerned.

"We would also alert individuals across Barra to the potential risks of using items of high levels of contact (e.g. cash machine).

"We would advise the use of cards where possible. Where this is not possible, use hand sanitizer before and after using the cash machine, as well as disinfectant wipes before and after use where possible. 

"We would remind individuals to avoid regular trips to the supermarket and keep shopping trips to a minimum and as necessary.

"Shop alone, wear a mask at all times and hand sanitise before and after shopping.

"Respect other shoppers/shop workers by ensuring you maintain a two-metre distance from others at all times. 

To access testing, contact 01851 601151 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please leave a message on the answering machine with your details if you do not get a response and your call will be returned. Alternatively contact NHS24 on 111.