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There have been no new cases of Covid-19 discovered by NHS Western Isles during yesterday (Sunday March 7) says the latest update from NHSWI Chief Executive Gordon Jamieson.

The total number of confirmed cases in Lewis and Harris from the new outbreak remains at 16 with more than 80 other people in self-isolation.  

Mr Jamieson that whilst "we understand there has been disruption to the Stornoway-Ullapool ferry…we can confirm that no positive cases came through the Western Isles system today."

The total number of positive cases since the start of the pandemic remains at 264, with 184 of them occurring during 2021.  

The CalMac ferry Loch Seaforth went out of service yesterday for "operational reasons" and the overnight freight services were cancelled as well.

The 10.30 from Ullapool will operate today.  There will be no catering facilities on board.  

Meanwhile, in Harris it’s been announced that because of “current Covid cases locally the mobile post office van will not be out.”

On the Harris Post Office Facebook Page, it says: “We apologise for any inconvenience caused. We will update when we expect to resume service, but wellbeing of community and staff is priority. Stay Safe.”

Scottish summary: 7 March 2021

  • 390 new cases of COVID-19 reported
  • 14,057 new tests for COVID-19 reported results
  • 3.2% of these were positive
  • 0 new reported deaths of people who have tested positive (noting that Register Offices are now generally closed at weekends)
  • 628 people were in hospital yesterday with recently confirmed COVID-19
  • 61 people were in intensive care yesterday with recently confirmed COVID-19
  • 1,759,750 people have received the first dose of a Covid vaccination
  • 115,930 have received their second dose of a Covid vaccination

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has issued detailed information on changes to bus services in Lewis and Harris for the coming week

The revised timetables and related information can be found on the Comhairle website here

W1 Ness

Operating with new COVID-19 revised Temporary Timetable

W1 Ness Revised Timetable (105.1kB)

W1a Ness Feeder

Please contact operator for update, phone 01851 810323

Ness Evening Service Cancelled

W2 Westside Circular

Operating as per revised temporary timetable

W2 Westside Circular Revised Timetable (123.7kB)

Please Note The 07:00 Carloway Early Worker Bus will also operate and continue to Stornoway and should be booked with Galson Motors on 01851 840269

Westside Evening Service is cancelled

W3 Bernera

Contact Operator, Service will connect with W2 as per W2 Revised Timetable (123.7kB) and Uig Timetable

W4 Uig

Contact Operator Peter Maclennan, Service will connect with W2 Revised Timetable (123.7kB) and as per timetable for service arriving Stornoway 10:05 and Departing Stornoway at 12:00

W5 Point

Operating as per revised temporary timetable

W5 Point Revised Timetable (66.4kB)

W5A Back and Tolsta

T.B.C

W7 Town service

All dedicated runs cancelled, see W5 Point Revised Timetable (66.4kB) for services that are operating

W8 Ranish

Operating as per revised temporary timetable

W8 Ranish Revised Timetable (96.9kB)

Evening service Cancelled

W9 South Lochs

As per Timetable with 15:45 from Stornoway requiring booking on Monday to Thursday and cancelled on Fridays

W10 - Stornoway to and from Tarbert

Operating as per revised temporary timetable

W10 Tarbert to Stornoway Revised Timetable (94.5kB)

W10a - Tarbert to and from Leverburgh

Operating as per revised temporary timetable

W10a Tarbert to Leverburgh Revised Timetable (81.5kB)

W11 to W13 & W15 Harris

As per Timetable but contact operator to confirm

W14 Scalpay

  • Monday to Friday
  • 12.:50 Dept Outend – cancelled
  • Monday to Thursday
  • 13:40 Dept Tarbert - cancelled
  • Otherwise, as current timetable

Current information may be subject to change at very short notice

As people are more likely to need to car share, NHSWI information is included below on how to do this as safely as possible.

NHSWI recommend their new downloadable COVID booklet. This includes important information about symptoms, testing, symptom management at home, and self isolation.

School to reopen: https://www.welovestornoway.com/index.php/articles-auto-3/19683-stornoway-primary-update

Safety in the Workplace: https://www.welovestornoway.com/index.php/articles-auto-3/19692-covid-19-and-safety-in-the-workplace

Car sharing as safely as possible: https://www.welovestornoway.com/index.php/articles-auto-3/19691-covid-19-car-sharing