Health Teams in the Garden Route District have screened more than 70 000 people and have referred 404 for testing through the door-to-door screening and testing program. These community screening and testing outreaches are aimed at finding as many people as possible who might have Covid-19. During the community screening and testing the support of the community is essential for the success in stopping the spread of the virus.
Health teams are identifiable by their badges and clothing/uniform and allow them to screen you (ask questions regarding symptoms). If you are referred for testing, be assured these tests are safe. Testing for coronavirus is done by taking a swab in your nose. While you await your results, we ask that you please quarantine at home in a separate room, if possible. We appeal to people who need to quarantine to stay home and not have visitors. If you cannot quarantine at home, speak to the health worker who will advise on facilities that are available for isolation and quarantine. Remember that only people who CANNOT isolate/quarantine at home will be advised on available facilities to do so.
Western Cape Government Health cannot do this alone.
“Every single person can help us in our effort, by staying home as much as possible, keeping a distance at all times, avoiding gatherings of people wherever it may occur, by always following the golden rules of good hygiene, and by properly wearing a clean cloth mask whenever out in public”, said Premier Alan Winde.
Members of the public are encouraged to continue practicing the 5 Golden Rules of Good Hygiene and to wear a cloth mask when in public spaces.
The 5 Golden rules of prevention:
Teams have tested the following number of people as part of the door-to-door screening and testing program from 8 April to 20 May 2020:
Door-to-door screening and testing sites for subdistricts 25 May – 29 May 2020
Mossel Bay subdistrict:
Note: community screening is not the only place where screening is possible. Other methods of screening for COVID-19 include:
Community Health Workers will visit your home to ask you a few questions (screen).Last published 21 May 2020
Oudtshoorn, 20 May 2020 - One of the emergency officials in the Oudtshoorn Fire station got in contact with a COVID19 positive person in a car accident scene. The emergency official that attended the accident scene who is now on self-quarantine, exercised all the necessary precaution during rescue operation.
The status of the COVID19 positive patient was confirmed yesterday (19 May 2020) following admission at the Hospital.
As a precautionary measure, the Municipal Management has asked the personnel that were in indirect contact to stay at home and return on Monday. Meanwhile, all the procedures to ensure that the Fire station personnel and the station remain uninfected were taken.
The station and vehicles were disinfected. The Municipal emergency unit and services are continuing as normal.Last published 20 May 2020
Oudtshoorn, 19 May 2020 - The Oudtshoorn Municipality has scheduled another major repair of the electricity infrastructure this coming Sunday, 24 May 2020. About two weeks ago, the Municipality repaired one of Eskom’s 22KV income breaker, which was successfully repaired.
This time, the Municipality will repair a 22KV breaker that is feeding the Bridgton sub-station. In order to enable the repair, the 22KV sub-station that feeds power to all the areas that were affected by the repair done on 10 May 2020 (Mother’s Day).
The Bridgton breaker broke last year; a claim to the insurance was submitted and have now been passed, hence the repair.
The power supply will be switched off on Sunday, 24 May 2020 from 08:00 until 16:00. The same areas that were affected on 10 May 2020 will be affected again.
Affected areas are as follows:
ALL AREAS NORTH OF VOORTREKKER ROAD
ALL AREAS IN THE EAST OF SPRINGBOK ROAD (EASTERN SIDE OF CORNER OF VOORTREKKER ROAD & SPRINGBOK ROAD) INCLUDING
Dysselsdorp and De Rust will not be affected.
We do apologise for any inconvenience.Last published 19 May 2020
Oudtshoorn, 17 May 2020 - The ongoing community screening and testing for Corona Virus (COVID19) symptoms in the Greater Oudtshoorn reaches out to more areas this coming week.
The Oudtshoorn Sub-district of the Western Cape Department of Health started screening last week covering parts of Bridgton, Dysselsdorp and De Rust. The door-to-door screening will be conducted by trained field workers in the following dates and areas:
MONDAY, 18 MAY 2020
TUESDAY, 19 MAY 2020
WEDNESDAY, 20 MAY 2020
THURSDAY, 21 MAY 2020
FRIDAY, 22 MAY 2020
Anyone found with COVID19 symptoms during the screenings will be sent for testing to the nearest clinic.
When someone in my community or neighbourhood tests positive
Please remember that there is no shame in being referred for testing or testing positive. Also remember most people will recover after a mild illness. Covid-19 does not discriminate, and anyone can be infected. Communities need to support those who have tested positive.
It is normal to feel scared, anxious, confused and even panic because of the virus and what we don’t know. But these feelings should not make you discriminate against someone who has tested positive.
We should not stigmatise people who have tested positive. We must offer our support. Although you should avoid physical contact, you can support them by messaging or calling to ask how they are doing. As they and the rest of their household will be in isolation, you can offer to help by buying food or medication and dropping it off at their door.
Remember, we are in this together and must support each other.
Health risk due to social stigmatisation
When someone who tested positive for Covid-19 feels scared or threatened by their community or neighbourhood, they might hide their illness to avoid discrimination. This can result in them not seeking healthcare, which can lead to their condition deteriorating and eventually spreading the virus to others. Remember, it is a difficult time for the infected or affected people and they need compassion, love, and support.
Instead of stigmatising or discriminating, you can offer to help them.
Last published 18 May 2020
Oudtshoorn, 14 May 2020 - Please note only the following CONSTRUCTION AND RELATED SERVICES are permitted in terms of alert level 4 lockdown regulations:
Any other construction work other than the services listed above is not permitted.
Please note that Municipal building inspectors are not back on duty to conduct inspections on building works due to the lockdown. This means, any building work currently taking place in illegal.
Please report any illegal building or construction work to the Police 0442039014 or Municipal Law enforcement at 044 2037801.Last published 14 May 2020