Coronavirus outbreak linked to Oban’s sea travel company


The NHS Highland has identified a coronavirus outbreak linked to an Oban company offering sea tours around the city.

The board of health urged passengers who sailed at certain times with the Oban Sea Tour between June 19 and 21 to book a PCR test and self-isolate for 10 days.

The trips that have been affected by the transmission of the virus are the two-hour flyer from North Pier which left at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 19, as well as the two trips the next day – at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 20.

Passengers who were part of the trip that left the North Pier at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 21, were also asked to book a test and self-isolate for 10 days from the date of the visit.

In the announcement, the board of health said: “The NHS Highland health protection team have been made aware of the Covid-19 cases linked to Oban Sea Tours.

“We ask customers who have visited with Oban Sea Tours on the following days and times (shown above) to self-isolate for 10 days from the date of the visit and book a PCR test, that you have symptoms or not.

“Typical symptoms of Covid-19 are a new continuous cough and / or a high temperature or fever, and a loss or change in the normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).

“However, people with Covid-19 can experience a wide range of symptoms, including cold and flu symptoms, sore throats, headaches and diarrhea.

“If you develop symptoms during your isolation period, you should book another PCR test.”

People can make an appointment for a PCR test by contacting NHS Inform online or by calling 0800 028 2816.


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