Following an outbreak of Covid-19 involving 8 staff and patients at the Community Hospital, NHS Fife has announced the closure of Ward 2:
NHS Fife can confirm that Ward 2 at St Andrews Community Hospital is currently closed to new admissions following a cluster of COVID-19 cases.
A total of 8 staff and patients linked to Ward 2 have been confirmed as positive for COVID-19.
A range of mitigation measures have been put in place to reduce the opportunity for further spread of the virus, including enhanced cleaning measures over and above an already stringent cleaning regime.
Anyone experiencing the well-established symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of how mild, should immediately self-isolate and arrange a test using the NHS inform website: www.nhsinform.scot or by calling 0800 028 2816.
A local online support hub has been created to provide information on testing for COVID-19 and updates on the pandemic. Visit: www.nhsfife.org/coronavirus.
The outbreak in the Community Hospital follows cases amongst students in 6 halls of residence and private accommodation. On the 18th March, the University announced that 16 new cases of Covid-19 had been diagnosed during the previous week and 93 students were self-isolating.
Over the week ending 16th March, infection rates for St Andrews Central and St Andrews North and Strathkinness had risen from 0-2 per 100,000 population the week before to 93.9 and 130 respectively as a result of the two outbreaks.