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At least 26 Covid cases in Caithness in latest seven-day period

By Alan Hendry

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There were at least 26 positive tests for Covid-19 in Caithness, and at least 24 in Sutherland, during the latest seven-day period recorded by Public Health Scotland.

The figures were based on people tested from August 16-22.

The national agency's interactive dashboard has a map giving the number of positive cases in specific Scottish neighbourhoods, seven of which are in Caithness.

There were nine positive cases in the Thurso West neighbourhood and seven in Wick South over the seven-day period. Caithness South had four cases, and there were three each in Thurso East and Wick North.

If a neighbourhood has fewer than three positive cases, the number is presented as 0-2 "to help protect patient confidentiality". The county's two other neighbourhoods – Caithness North East and Caithness North West – both came into this category based on tests from August 16-22, meaning there could have been zero, one or two positive cases in each.

There were 20 cases in the Sutherland East neighbourhood, four in Sutherland South and 0-2 in Sutherland North and West.

Public Health Scotland reported 665 positive cases in the Highland local authority area during the seven-day period. The region's seven-day positive rate per 100,000 population was 282.5.

Fort William North and Fort William South had a combined total of 115 cases over the seven-day period, while the three Badenoch and Strathspey neighbourhoods (Central, North and South) had 82 cases between them.

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