A spike in coronavirus cases on the Isle of Arran has been linked to hotels and other accommodation providers on the island.
NHS Ayrshire & Arran’s Test and Protect team are carrying out contact tracing following a number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the area.
People who have been identified as a close contact of a confirmed case are being asked to self-isolate for ten days and book a test.
Lisa Davidson, assistant director of public health at NHS Ayrshire and Arran health board, said: NHS Ayrshire & Arran’s Test & Protect team can confirm that a contact tracing exercise has been carried out on the Isle of Arran, following a number of confirmed cases of coronavirus infection which have links to hospitality venues and accommodation providers in the area.
“We have undertaken a careful risk assessment to identify any individuals who may have had contact with the confirmed cases. These individuals have been contacted and told to self-isolate for ten days and book a test.
“To respect and maintain patient confidentiality it is not possible to release any further information at this time.”
The Douglas hotel is one of those affected on the island after two members of staff tested positive for the virus.
It has closed with immediate effect and will not reopen until Monday, July 19 at the earliest.
In a message posted on Facebook, the hotel said: “The island has had an increase of Covid19 cases in recent days and many of our friends have had to temporarily close for a short period or operate reduced hours.
“Sadly, we have to announce that the Hotel will be closing with immediate effect, as 2 members of our Team have tested positive today.
“We are following NHS Trace & Protect guidelines to allow the rest of our team to self-isolate and ensure the safety of our guests, visitors and local community.”