Coronavirus

Frontline services continue to be affected by Covid

FRONTLINE services provided by Shetland Islands Council continue to be affected by Covid related staff absences, chief executive Maggie Sandison confirmed to Shetland News. Social care, education and ferry services are all affected by the continuously high levels of absence leading to cancellations and bottlenecks in service delivery. With all Covid restrictions lifted in Scotland […] Shetland News …


Shetland’s appeal remains strong despite pandemic

Following two years during which Covid-19 has devastated the tourism industry in Scotland, we are finally approaching the new season with a sense of optimism once more, writes Steve Mathieson, VisitScotland development manager for Shetland. The results of last year’s Shetland Tourism Association survey were very positive, with 82 per cent of businesses confident about […] Shetland News …


High Covid numbers the new normal as people learn to live with the virus

SHETLAND’s high number of Covid infections is likely to continue as society adapts and learns to live with the virus, according to the local health board. Over the last seven days NHS Shetland recorded more than 500 newly confirmed cases resulting in widespread disruption – with hundreds isolating on a daily basis. Today’s figures, just […] Shetland News …


Number of reasons may be behind high Covid case rate

SHETLAND’s high rate of confirmed Covid cases may be attributed to more people taking lateral flow tests – as well as some folk not keeping to guidance as strictly as they used to. A total of 79 cases were reported in Shetland yesterday (Tuesday), as well as one death. Today a further 69 were included […] Shetland News …


Covid testing changes should ease pressure on local health teams

PUBLIC health officials are hoping that newly announced changes to Covid testing and isolation requirements will help to ease pressure on the local Test and Protect team. NHS Shetland’s interim director of public health Dr Susan Laidlaw said contact tracers and testing staff have been kept busy amid a sharp rise in the number of […] Shetland News …


Council confirms Covid ‘outbreak’ in two care homes

ACCESS to two council-run care homes has been restricted after staff tested positive for Covid-19. The Isleshavn care home in Yell, and North Haven in Brae have been “technically required” to declare an outbreak as two or more members of staff have tested positive for Covid. All staff and residents have been offered PCR tests, […] Shetland News …


Self-isolation rules impact ferry services

FERRY services across Shetland will continue to be disrupted for the rest of the week as crews self-isolate amid rising Covid numbers across the isles. The Yell and Bluemull Sound services are only running on a single ferry. Bookings have been suspended. Normal service on Yell Sound is expected to resume at the weekend. Currently […] Shetland News …




Vaccination effort continues as 32 new Covid cases reported

NHS SHETLAND will offer a limited number of walk-in vaccination clinics at the Gilbertson Park at the end of next weeks as 32 new local Covid cases were added to the isles’ tally. The high number of new cases is slightly skewed after yesterday’s data was lower than it should have been due to a […] Shetland News …