Extra COVID-testing is being made available in Upper Nithsdale this week due to an increase in the number of cases within the area.

Additional testing for the virus was made accessible for residents over the weekend, Saturday 24 and Sunday 25, in response to the rise.

On Monday 26, Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28, testing will be available at Mill Hill Centre in Corserig Crescent, Kelloholm, DG4 6EL. This is testing for people who have symptoms of COVID-19, who should be self-isolating.

It is also for people with a mild illness such as diarrhoea, runny nose or sore throat, who are encouraged to be tested. It also now provides testing for those people without any symptoms. In all cases, booking in advance is preferred but not required.  

Cumnock Chronicle:

The latest data shows that from April 15-21, fewer than five new cases of COVID-19 were identified in Dumfries and Galloway for a third week in a row in the seven days up to April 18 2021.

However, from those cases a total of 17 close contacts were identified and advised to self-isolate – up from 5 people in the previous week.

Symptoms of COVID-19 are increased temperatures, a new, continuous cough and change to or loss of sense of taste and/or smell. If you have any of these symptoms you must immediately self-isolate with your household and arrange to be tested. 

To book a test, click here.