NHS Western Isles Chief Executive Gordon Jamieson has taken on a wintry look for his daily Covid-19 update on Facebook and Twitter – but the news from the frontline is much more warming.
The Zoe Covid-19 app - which gives a remarkably accurate snapshot of what's happening on the ground just now - is showing a firm renewed decline in local infection case loads.
While the Scottish national figures show a drop in the level of positive tests, and a decline in numbers in intensive care.
And the latest update from Mr Jamieson says there were 7 new cases yesterday (Thursday December 2), all on Lewis, all contacts of existing cases – 3 of them are nursery or school-age children.
A massive renewed focus is on expanding the vaccination programmes - in the aftermath of the UK-level concern about the Omicron variant of the virus.
Today NHSWI have a flu/booster/COVID 2nd dose drop-in clinic running in the Dark Island Hotel in Linaclete from 9am - 4pm. The flu/booster clinic is for those aged 50+, unpaid carers, those with an underlying health condition that puts them at risk, anyone who lives in a household where someone is immunosuppressed, and NHS and frontline social care workers.
The booster can now be given at 12 weeks after the second dose (for tomorrow’s clinic that means a 2nd dose on or before 10th September).
Anyone aged 12 or over can also attend the clinic for a second dose. For those aged below 18, it must be 12 weeks since they had a first dose (for anyone aged 18 or over they can receive a second dose at 8 weeks).
There is a flu and COVID booster drop-in clinic in Western Isles Hospital from 12.30-4.30pm for anyone aged 40 or over, unpaid carers, those with an underlying health condition that puts them at risk, anyone who lives in a household where someone is immunosuppressed, and NHS and frontline social care workers.
Following that, there is a first/second dose drop-in clinic in Western Isles Hospital from 5.30pm - 7.30pm for anyone aged 12 or over.
- 3,002 new cases of COVID-19 reported
- 42,819 new tests for COVID-19 reported results
- 7.4% of these were positive
- 27 new reported deaths of people who have tested positive
- 680 people were in hospital yesterday with recently confirmed COVID-19
- 48 people were in intensive care yesterday with recently confirmed COVID-19
- 4,349,058 people have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination
- 3,953,170 have received their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccination
- 1,755,694 have received a third dose or booster