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Coronavirus cluster confirmed at Aviemore resort

By Gavin Musgrove

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The Macdonald Aviemore Resort where a Covid-19 cluster has been confirmed by NHS Highland.
The Macdonald Aviemore Resort where a Covid-19 cluster has been confirmed by NHS Highland.

NHS Highland has confirmed a cluster of seven cases of Covid-19 within the Macdonald Aviemore Resort.

Health chiefs have said the cluster relates to a group of Christmas entertainers who have been working in the resort over the past week.

They said NHS Highland’s Health Protection Team has undertaken case follow up in accordance with national guidance.

Contact tracing is being carried out with all those identified as close contacts being advised to self-isolate.

NHS Highland has written to all guests and staff who have stayed or worked in the resort over the past week to advise them what to do if they develop symptoms.

Dr Tim Allison, Director of Public Health with NHS Highland, said: “We appreciate that this will be causing anxiety within the residents of the resort, staff and wider community and we are working closely with the council’s environmental health team and the resort management to provide advice and guidance to residents, staff and their families.

"At this time, we have no evidence of wider community spread.

“We would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that the virus does circulate even in rural communities and so everyone should continue to adhere to physical distancing guidelines, wear a face-covering when in enclosed spaces, clean your hands and surfaces regularly and immediately self-isolate and seek a test if you develop symptoms.”

Iain Miller, managing director of Macdonald Aviemore Resort, told the Strathy: “Following the positive tests amongst some sub-contractors, we are working closely with local authorities and the health board to ensure all steps have been taken to protect those on site and in the wider community.

"The resort remains operational under the necessary measures and guests and staff have been informed of the developments.”

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