Covid-19: Outbreak in Portlethen

Suspected coronavirus cases are being reported in the Portlethen area, thought to stem from a gathering of young people.

NHS Grampian has confirmed that the public health team is investigating some potentially-linked cases, and this is being reported in the media, including in the teatime STV news bulletin.

Here is the statement issued by NHS Grampian: “We are investigating a number of potentially linked cases of Covid-19 in the Portlethen/Stonehaven area. At present we believe these cases may be connected to a social gathering. Investigations are ongoing; close contacts will be identified and advised to self-isolate for 14 days.

“Our advice remains that anyone who develops the recognised symptoms of Covid-19, however mild, should isolate at home and arrange a test.”

Aberdeenshire Council has confirmed that Portlethen Academy will open as planned from tomorrow, although some pupils are self-isolating.

The following statement has been issued by the council: “We are aware of concerns in the community about potential cases of coronavirus (Covid-19), and some Portlethen Academy pupils are self-isolating on the advice of NHS Grampian’s Public Health team.

“In the meantime, preparations for the reopening of the school continue with the appropriate additional measures in place to ensure the safety of staff and pupils, and we would encourage anybody displaying symptoms of coronavirus to follow Test and Protect guidance.”

There is more information about testing at

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