STAFF fighting a Covid outbreak in a care home on the Isle of Lewis have been praised for their work through 'very difficult circumstances'.

Health chiefs at NHS Western Isles are now monitoring the ‘ongoing situation’ in Dun Eisdean care home near Stornoway. 

The health board took to social media on Tuesday evening to reveal that four people have tested positive for Covid-19 and are directly associated with an outbreak of the virus at Dun Eisdean care home.

HeraldScotland:

NHS Western Isles Chief Executive, Gordon Jamieson said: “There have been six new positive cases of Covid 19 here on the western isles, all of them are on the Isle of Lewis.

“There is an ongoing situation with new cases at Dun Eisdean.

“I would like to highlight and praise all of NHS staff, and particularly the care home staff who are working extremely hard to bring this outbreak under control and to an end in very difficult circumstances. "

12/10/21: Latest update from NHSWI Chief Exec Gordon Jamieson. 6 cases: all Lewis (4 associated with Dun Eisdean, 1 new case & 1 contact of an existing case). Thanks to all staff (in particular care home staff at Dun Eisdean) for working v hard to bring the outbreak under control pic.twitter.com/mzz6aooQ9e

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The other two cases which are mentioned in the statement are not related to the care home but one is a new case and another is a contact of an existing case.

NHS Western Isles has released a video of Gordon Jamieson addressing the situation, but they are yet to make an official statement regarding the status of the outbreak in the care home.

The chief executive has recently been hailed by National Clinical Director Jason Leitch for his communication with the public regarding Covid cases in the Western Isles. 

They have been keeping the public updated with daily video updates of new cases in the Western Isles for nearly the entirety of the pandemic and had initially stated last week and of cases in the care home.

Since then, there have been several videos mentioning the continuing cases in Dun Eisdean with yesterday's announcement.