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Outbreak of Covid-19 at Turriff Community Hospital sees 23 patients and staff members contract virus

By Jonathan Clark

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Turriff Community Hospital.
Turriff Community Hospital.

A TOTAL of 23 staff members and patients at Turriff Community Hospital have tested positive for Covid-19.

NHS Grampian said that the cases at the hospital, now closed to new admissions, have all been confirmed within the last month.

A spokesperson for the health board said: "In total, 23 Covid-19 cases associated with Turriff Hospital have been identified since December 8.

"Both staff and patients have been affected.

“The facility is currently closed to new admissions. Patients are receiving care as normal.”

Information from Public Health Scotland shows that from December 8 onwards, the highest number of cases at any single point within the confines of Turriff geographical area used for noting cases was 13, which were recorded between December 11 and 15.

Case numbers fell off over the following week down to just 5 and rose to seven on December 24.

Since then the cases have again fallen and since December 31, Turriff has been noted as in the suppressed category with less than two cases in a seven day period.

Elsewhere, a smaller number of Covid-19 cases have been confirmed at Dr Gray's Hospital in Elgin.

Dr Gray's closed ward 5 at the hospital as a result.

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