PEOPLE in Tullibody have been praised for their response in the wake of a rising number of Covid-19 cases in the area.

More than 1,500 residents have taken up the offer to get tested for coronavirus since two mobile testing units were put in place last week.

Dr Jennifer Champion, NHS Forth Valley's consultant in public health, has thanked people for their response.

She said: “We’ve had a fantastic response from the local community over the last few days and I’d urge anyone who has not yet been tested to go along to one of the two local testing units which will remain in place until Saturday, May 29, 2021.

“The widespread testing has helped identify a number of positive cases in individuals and families who are now self-isolating which will prevent further spread and help us bring this outbreak under control.

“There are early signs that the rates are starting to level off which is good news, however, there is no room for complacency and [we are] continuing to monitor the situation closely.”

The two testing units are in place at Tullibody South Campus and Banchory Primary School.

NHS Forth Valley has been working with Clackmannanshire Council, Public Health Scotland and the Scottish Government to tackle the outbreak in Tullibody.

Councillor Ellen Forson, leader of the council, said: “The council is working closely with NHS Forth Valley to follow the public health advice to help deal with this outbreak which is concentrated in Tullibody.

“It’s important to remember that the situation and advice we are asked to follow is evolving as we learn more about the variants that are emerging, and can depend on individual factors.

“So it’s really important that if you are contacted by Test & Protect you follow the specific advice that you are given, as this may differ from that given to other people.

“I am very pleased to see the great response of the community of Tullibody in coming forward for testing and vaccination.

“I would encourage everyone to keep this response going in the days ahead, to help protect our families and neighbours.

“Testing is available at two sites at Tullibody Campus and Banchory Primary School until Saturday May 29.”