Covid-19 - Local and national information

12 January 2022


Restrictions working - cases fewer than projected, down by 17% from previous week
On 11 January First Minister Nicola Sturgeon made a statement to Parliament in which she cautiously welcomed the fall in cases but noted that staff absences continued to cause disruption in the economy and in critical services and also the NHS remained under severe pressure.  She announced an end to the attendance limit on large outdoor events from 17 January, adjustments to the Covid certification scheme, and the likelihood of further easing of restrictions a week later.
The First Minister's 11 January statement 

Scottish Government Communications and Resilience Covid briefing 28 September
Covid-19 Self-Isolation Support Grant
The Scottish Government has announced a new Covid-19 Self-Isolation Support Grant for individuals who are in receipt of low-income benefits and who will lose income as a result of being required to self-isolate to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
If you have been asked by NHS Test and Protect Service to self-isolate on or after 28 September 2020, either because you have tested positive for Covid-19 or you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, you may be entitled to a £500 Self-Isolation Support Grant. 
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14 January  Highland Community Resilience Group briefing no 50   notes changes in the way Covid-19 data is presented following removal of the requirement that a positive lateral flow test be followed by a PCR test.
14 January       NHS Highland update
  9 December   Public Health Scotland press release 
26 November  Vaccination FAQs
26 November  Suicide prevention training
19 November  Types of test
19 November  Vaccine scams
Transition Black Isle        Our Local Larder   

Information and advice from  The Black Isle Partnership, which is co-ordinating support and Scottish Government funding to local communities during the Covid-19 crisis, is available at
Highland Council   COVID-19 Free Helpline  0300 303 1362.
Latest coronavirus developments and changes to key services.
Website virus
Helpline details
Highland Council  contact numbers for all council services.
Community  Councils information
As many Black Isle community councils are playing an important part in the response to Covid-19 we have updated our information to include email contacts, office holders and website addresses for all Black Isle and two neighbouring community councils.
General information              Contacts and office holders

23 April  Ferintosh CC's new website has useful information

2 April    MOO Food Website  
SUPPORT GROUPS - If you live local to Muir of Ord and need some support or help, whether to get food, medicines or you just need a friendly person to chat to, give Hannah at The Hub a ring 01463 870588 (Monday – Friday 10-4pm) or Lyn at MOO Food 07419 129851 (Weekends 10am-4pm).


We are part of the rapidly expanding worldwide Transition Towns movement. The Black Isle is a peninsula of about 100 sq miles ENE of Inverness in Scotland, UK.