Gas plant worker isolating after coronavirus test

A Shetland Gas Plant worker is isolating after an on-site test suggested they had coronavirus.

A spokesman for Total said on Thursday morning: “A member of the Shetland Gas Plant workforce was referred to NHS for testing after a test at site suggested they had Covid-19.”  

The company said that a subsequent NHS test returned negative.

NHS Shetland said it was treating the case as positive and pursuing contact tracing.

The Total spokesman added: “Nevertheless we have asked the person involved to isolate at their home in Shetland.

“Total tests everyone who works at the gas plant, both personnel who fly in from the mainland and those who live locally. Our track and trace system allows us to screen the workforce and quickly isolate anyone who has come into contact with the infection.

“We are also working closely with NHS Shetland and Public Health Scotland to protect the health of our workforce.”


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  • Andrew Young

    • June 11th, 2020 14:43

    It is obvious that someone from gas plant has brought it up here as there was no cases for 5 weeks, should stop people coming up to the island!!

  • Stuart Hill

    • June 12th, 2020 14:57

    The Total tests only ‘suggested’ that they had COVID 19. The NHS test proved negative, but this is not what is being put out by the BBC. It looks like the NHS is now going to spend time and resources chasing down contacts of a negative test result.
    New Zealand came out of lockdown 17 days after their last case. We have had none since the 6th of May, but still the hospital is effectively mothballed, damaging the health of members of the community with serious problems not connected with the COVID crisis. Shetland NHS is in danger of doing more harm by inaction on this than the risk of the virus presents.
    The SIC also needs to get a grip and get business going again. Our circumstances are completely different to Scotland. We have the resources to control our border entry points and, if the guidelines are correct, there cannot possibly be any virus in Shetland left over from the first outbreak. If there is any means by which it might still be lingering undetected, we should know how that can happen. Get back to normal. Do no more harm.


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