AN OUTBREAK of coronavirus is being dealt with in Hawick, according to NHS Borders.

The health board says there are currently seven confirmed cases in the town.

They are linked to Morrisons supermarket, the Trinity Bar and Baguette & Co.

“Co-operation from all these businesses has been excellent and we thank them for this,” said an NHS Borders spokesperson.

Everyone who has had close contact with the case linked to Morrisons, on Mart Street, has been contacted by NHS Borders’ test and protect team, according to the health board.

The contact-tracing team is getting in touch with any customers of the Trinity Bar, on Duke Street, who may be affected.

Meanwhile, the risk of catching the virus in the High Street’s Baguette & Go was “low”, according to the health board.

However, anyone who visited last Thursday (August 20) or last Friday (August 21) should be “extra vigilant”.

A statement issued by NHS Borders and Scottish Borders Council reads: “If you experience any of the COVID-19 symptoms – a fever, persistent cough or loss of taste or smell – you must self-isolate immediately and book a test for COVID-19.

“You can book a test either by going online to or calling 0800 028 2816. Whilst you wait for your test all of your household members should self-isolate. 

“You may be asked to travel to Galashiels for a test however plans are being prepared to set up a mobile testing unit in Hawick later this week. Further details will be provided as soon as possible.

“Unless your child has been asked to self-isolate by the NHS Borders Test and Protect team they should attend school as normal.

“However it remains vital that no child attends school if they are displaying any COVID-19 symptoms.

“These symptoms are a new persistent cough, temperature and/or loss or change in ability to taste or smell.

“Your child/children must not attend school if they or any household member is showing symptoms of COVID-19, and the school must be advised of their absence.

“It is essential that everyone follows the Scottish Government guidance and public health advice available at NHS Inform.

“Remember the FACTS that will help all of us to stay safe and protect each other as well:

•          Face coverings in enclosed spaces

•          Avoid crowded places

•          Clean hands and surfaces regularly

•          Two-metre distancing; and

•          Self-isolate and book a test if you have symptoms.”