The Scottish Government and NHS Lothian have issued the latest update on the Legionnaires’ outbreak and announced that a third person has died.
The individual, a man in his 60s from south west Edinburgh, had been unwell for a period of time and is considered to be part of the original outbreak.
As of midday yesterday, there are 50 confirmed cases and 49 suspected cases of the disease. Of these, nine are being treated in hospital, 20 are being treated in the community, 57 have been discharged from hospital and three people have sadly died. The remaining 10 cases are being treated outwith NHS Lothian.
While I am continuing to push for answers and an inquiry into the outbreak, there are moves among people in Gorgie/Dalry to make a positive response to the outbreak.
The Getting on in Gorgie Dalry Campaign is bringing together residents, community groups, businesses and politicians to share ideas about how to promote the positive aspects of the area and repair the damage done by the outbreak.
I warmly welcome this initiative. There is a strong community spirit in Gorgie and Dalry and it is great to see that people want to come together to talk about how we can move forward.
Local meetings are being organised and I am very much looking forward to meeting local people to discuss a way forward in the aftermath of this tragic outbreak which has seen families lose loved ones and dozens of families worry about their health.