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'No spread of Covid' following competitor testing positive after surfing championships in Thurso

By Jean Gunn

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An official from the Scottish National Surfing Championships held in Thurso at the weekend has given reassurance following confirmation that a competitor from the south tested positive for Covid-19.

Local event Covid-19 officer Marcelle Lockhart stated that everyone else who had attended the competition had returned a negative result.

Immediately after the event a request was put out for all those taking part to carry out a lateral flow test after one of the surfers started to display symptoms of the virus on their return home.

The competition organisers followed a strict protocol prior to the championships taking place with all those attending having to carry out lateral flow tests beforehand and registering results online.

Those travelling were advised to do an additional test of their own before setting off which did stop three competitors who tested positive from heading north.

A surfer, who had been at the social evening and presentation in the town's Pentland Hotel on Saturday night, carried out a lateral flow test on returning home the next day which returned a positive result. A subsequent PCR test confirmed the positive result.

The competitor had tested before travelling to Thurso and again on the Friday night with both results proving negative at that stage. Fortunately the surfer had stayed in their own vehicle and not used the surf hut at Thurso East.

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