Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Coronavirus guidance from the NHS and Scottish Government

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If you get any of the coronavirus symptoms you need to self-isolate right away and stay home for 10 days.

You can book a test by visiting  NHS Inform or by calling 0800 028 2816.

Self-isolation means staying at home all the time, with no other households coming inside.

  • Don’t pop to the shops or drop the children off at school, until you have a test result, even if you’re wearing a face covering
  • Don’t go to school or nursery
  • Don’t take the dog for a walk
  • Don’t let people come into your home to bring shopping, look after children or for any other gathering.

If you have children, they need to stay home from school too. Others in your household should stay home for 10 days in case they also develop symptoms. This will prevent the spread of the disease to others and protect your local community. 

Latest guidance about coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on the NHS Inform website.

Scottish Government information

Common symptoms

The most common symptoms of coronavirus are new:

  • continuous cough
  • fever/high temperature (37.8C or greater)
  • loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste

If you’ve developed symptoms (however mild), stay at home for 10 days from the start of your symptoms and arrange to be tested. Do not go to your GP, pharmacy or hospital.

You should only phone 111 if your symptoms:

  • have not improved after 10 days
  • are severe or you have shortness of breath
  • worsen during home isolation

You should also phone 111 if you develop breathlessness or it worsens, especially if you:

  • are 70 years old or over
  • have underlying poor health
  • have heart or lung problems
  • have a weakened immune system, including cancer
  • have diabetes

If you have a medical emergency, phone 999 and tell them you have COVID-19 symptoms.

Protect Scotland contact tracing app

Download the  Protect Scotland contact tracing app. It's a free mobile phone app designed to help us protect each other and reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Test and protect

A drive-through coronavirus (COVID-19) testing facility is open at the Prestwick Airport Car Park 4. This is part of the Government’s UK-wide drive to increase testing to determine whether those with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms have the virus.

Anyone aged 5 or over, experiencing a new, continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss of or change in their normal sense of smell or taste, can book an appointment.

You can book a test by visiting  NHS Inform or by calling 0800 028 2816.

Read more about the test and protect facility


Shielding is an approach to protect those who are at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) if they come into contact with the virus. Shielding works by minimising all interaction between them and others.

Following the announcement by the Scottish Government on new restrictions that came into effect on Tuesday 22 September 2020, these restrictions affect the wider community and they are not asking those who were shielding to do so again.

Visit our  shielding page for help and support which also includes frequently asked questions.

Visit the  NHS Inform website for more information on shielding.

Further advice

Contact Information

Council Headquarters
London Road
East Ayrshire
Contact us online:
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Telephone: 01563 554400
Textphone: 01563 576167
24 Hour Emergency Helpline: 0345 724 0000 (local rate)

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