Category: <span>Covid-19</span>

2021 12 09 Media Release: Health platform update

Media Release: Health platform update

8 December 2021

The Garden Route District had an increase of 272 COVID-19 cases the past 7 days.  There are now 54 active cases per 100 000 population( one week ago it was 14).

All sub-districts had an increase in the active cases per 100 000 population.

District Hospitals and George Hospital had a total of 14 COVID-19 patients as of 7 December.  Mossel bay Hospital:1; George Hospital: 2;  Harry Comay Hospital: 10 and Knysna Hospital: 1

VACCINATIONS

With the new Omicron variant rapidly spreading, we once again appeal to those who have not yet been vaccinated to take up any of the many opportunities provided within the communities. Get vaccinated and be protected, especially as we are entering the fourth wave.

Western Cape Government Health will continue with efforts to increase uptake of vaccination in all groups. Get vaccinated at the Vooma Vaccination week from 3-10 December before the holidays so that you and your loved ones can be fully protected and have a safe holiday period together and help us prevent severe illness and death ahead of the fourth wave.

Over the last few days, the Western Cape breached the 50% mark of adults in the province being vaccinated with at least one dose. Though only halfway, the 51,36% or 2 556 131 of adults in the province have ensured they are protected against severe illness.

Pastor Grec Jantjies from Zoar received his vaccination.

Vaccination teams have administered 358 034 vaccine doses to date within the Garden Route District.

The percentage of the Garden Route population over 18 years who have received at least one dose vaccine stands at 53% (2 percentage points more than a week ago) and the percentage of the total Garden Route population who have received at least one dose vaccine stands at 36% (1 percentage points more than a week ago).

We implore anyone who has not yet received their vaccination to do so as a matter of urgency.

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Nadia Ferreira

Principal Communications Officer

Garden Route and Central Karoo Districts

Western Cape Government Health

Tel: 044 813 1831

Email: Nadia.Ferreira@westerncape.gov.za

Website: www.westerncape.gov.za

1 December 2021 Media Release: Health Platform Update – 1 DECEMBER 2021

For immediate release
1 December 2021

Media Release: Health Platform Update – 1 December 2021

The Garden Route District recorded 74 additional cases of COVID-19 in the previous 7 days (data until 30 Nov).  There are now 15 active cases per 100 000 (one week ago it was 10). Most sub-districts had an increase in the active cases per 100 000 population.  The Western Cape Government remains on high alert following the announcement of a new variant, Omicron.

The district has plans in place for the fourth wave of COVID-19 infections, based on learnings form the first three waves.  ‘As with previous waves, our hospitals are currently preparing for a possible increase in COVID-19 admissions’, said District Director for Health, Mr Zee Brickles. This includes staffing arrangements, oxygen contingency plans, decommissioning of wards when needed make space for COVID-19 patients and more.

George Hospital is also gearing up for the fourth wave by ordering sufficient stock of necessary consumables / Personal Protective Equipment,  significant upgrade of the hospital’s oxygen system to treat patients with high-flow nasal oxygen in general ward beds, recruiting additional contract nurses to allow for escalation of services, trying to maximize elective surgery during the current inter-wave period due to lost capacity in previous waves and expected reduction in 4th wave and encouraging staff and patient vaccinations and  booster injections.

VACCINATION IS KEY

Scientists agree that vaccination remains the most effective tool we have to save lives and that this is even more important now with the discovery of a possibly more transmissible variant.

We encourage our residents to take up this opportunity as soon as possible especially if you are over 50 years old, or if you have comorbidities.

Vaccinations in the Garden Route stands at 66% for the population over 18 years who are fully vaccinated and 42% for the population who have received at least one dose vaccine.

The total vaccinations administered to date stands at 350 194.

VACCINATION OF IMMUNOCOMPROMISED ADULTS

As from 1 December 2021, the following groups of adults 18 and older will be eligible to receive an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine as part of their primary vaccine schedule:

 Individuals with the following conditions:

Haematological or immune malignancy

Moderate to Severe Primary immunodeficiency disorder

HIV infection with CD4 count < 200 cells/μL within the last 6 months

Asplenia

Individuals receiving the following treatments:

High dose steroids or systemic biologics (e.g. for autoimmune conditions)

Long term renal dialysis

Transplant recipients (Solid organ or bone marrow)

VOOMA VACCINATION WEEK

Vooma Week 3-10 December

The third  Vooma vaccination campaign kicks off on Friday 3 December 2021.

Vooma Vouchers for 50+!

The Vooma Voucher has been increased to R200 for those who vaccinate for the first time during Nov/Dec to spend at Shoprite, Checkers or Usave.

Lucky Draw– R1,000! R10,000! R100,000!

The lucky draw has been launched to encourage people in South Africa aged 12 and older to come forward for Covid-19 vaccination.

Everyone who has been vaccinated this year is automatically entered into the five weekly draws. Everyone who has been vaccinated this year is automatically entered into the five weekly draws. That is

if they have been vaccinated by the date of specific draws and by no later than the 31st of December 2021. Their details need to have been captured on the EVDS systemin time for each draw or, in the case

of the final draw, by 25 January 2022.

 Garden Route Vooma sites 4 & 5 December:

VACCINATION SITE DATE TIME
GARDEN ROUTE MALL POP-UP SITE 4 & 5 09:00 – 13:00
HEIDELBERG CLINIC 4 08:00 – 13:00
RIVERSDALE CLINIC 4 08:00 – 14:00
LADISMITH CIVIC CENTRE 4 09:00 – 14:00
KHAYELETHU CLINIC 4 09:00 – 14:00
DUTCH REFORMED CHURCH HALL GREAT BRAK RIVER 4 09:00 – 14:00
TOEKOMSRUS CLINIC 4 & 5 09:00 – 15:00

Please call 0860 142 142 for more information on weekly sites or visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/WCGHealth/

Also watch local media and municipal pages for details

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Nadia Ferreira
Principal Communications Officer
Garden Route and Central Karoo Districts
Western Cape Government Health
Tel: 044 813 1831
Email: Nadia.Ferreira@westerncape.gov.za
Website: www.westerncape.gov.za

23 November 2021 Media Release: Health Platform Update

Media Release: Health Platform Update

For immediate release

23 November 2021

December is within arms reach and with it comes year end celebrations and farewells. The latest Covid-19 statistics for the Garden Route shows an increase of 34 cases the past 7 days compared to 7 to 14 days ago. The district currently has 62 active cases.  ‘Although these numbers are still small, we must stay vigilant. In order to mitigate a possible fourth wave, we need to get as many people vaccinated as possible, especially those older than 50 years and those with co-morbidities’, said District Director, Mr Zee Brickles.

Petronella Williams from Plettenberg Bay and her two daughters received their vaccination. ‘ We had to think of Ashley(12) first who has type 1 diabetes. We also want to keep ourselves safe as well as friends and family with comorbidities’, she said.

Vaccination teams in the district are actively busy with outreaches to outlying area, businesses, education institutions, etc.

To date, 345 313 vaccines have been administered in the Garden Route District.

The Garden Route District is showing a small increase in the number of people older than 50 that have been vaccinated. 65% of those 50 years and older have been fully vaccinated.

There has been a one percentage point increase since the previous week for the population over 18 years who have received at least one dose vaccine, and stands at 51%. The percentage of the total Garden Route population who have received at least one dose vaccine stands at 35%. (1 percentage point increase from the previous week).

The Department appeals to all residents, especially those 50 years and older to get their vaccines and to avoid putting it off ahead of summer. Prioritising your vaccine can protect your health and your family’s.

Caption: Petronella with Ashley (type 1 diabetic) and Kiamesha.

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Nadia Ferreira

Principal Communications Officer

Garden Route and Central Karoo Districts

Western Cape Government Health

Email: Nadia.Ferreira@westerncape.gov.za

Website: www.westerncape.gov.za

16 November 2021 Media Release: Vuma Weekend

Media Release: Vooma Weekend

For Immediate Release
Date: 16 November 2021

More than one thousand people from across the Garden Route took up the opportunity to safeguard themselves and their communities by getting a Covid-19 vaccine during the Vooma vaccination campaign which took place from 12 to 14 November 2021.  The Garden Route district received a welcome boost towards its targets to 1. Fully vaccinate 85% of the total population for those older than 50 years (stands at 64%) and 2. Vaccinate 65% of the total population 18 – 49 years with at least 1 dose (stands at 50%).

The Garden Route District has to date administered 335 685 vaccines. Thank you to everyone who took the time to get their vaccine.

Keeping you safe

Older people are at increased risk of Covid-19. This risk becomes worse when combined with underlying illnesses(such as kidney disease, diabetes, hypertension etc.).

Research in the Western Cape shows that people over 50 years have 7.5 times higher risk of contracting severe Covid-19. A fully vaccinated person is 4.3 times less likely to die of Covid-19 than an unvaccinated person. In this age group the target is to reach 85%. If someone is over 50, please go for the Covid-19 vaccine as quickly as possible.

Younger persons under 50 who have underlying health conditions are also at high risk of severed Covid-19 disease. Such persons should get themselves vaccinated as soon as possible

please call0860142 142 for more information on weekly sites or visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/WCGHealth/

Also watch local media and municipal pages for details

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Nadia Ferreira

Principal Communications Officer

Garden Route and Central Karoo Districts

Western Cape Government Health

Tel: 044 813 1831

Email: Nadia.Ferreira@westerncape.gov.za

Website: www.westerncape.gov.za

 

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9 November 2021 Media Release: Hands-on deck for festive season

Media Release: Hands-on deck for the festive season

 For Immediate Release
9 November 2021

All hands are on deck to get as many people as possible vaccinated before the start of the festive season. If the majority of us are vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccines by December, we will have a much safer summer. Vaccination is the best way of saving ourselves from illness, death and ongoing disruptions of our lives and work.  Vaccination teams in the Garden Route District has to date administered 326 063 vaccinations.

“We have a long way to go to reach our two targets, i.e. fully vaccinating 85% of those above the age of 50 years and 65% or the total Garden Route population between the ages 18 and 49 with at least one dose. We stand at 63% and 38% respectively”, said District Director Mr Zee Brickles.

Vooma Weekend vaccinations will again take place this weekend. The sites below will be operational as indicated. Registration can be done at the site. It is quick, free and easy.

COVID-19 stats as of 9 November 2021

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Nadia Ferreira
Principal Communications Officer
Garden Route and Central Karoo Districts
Western Cape Government Health
Email: Nadia.Ferreira@westerncape.gov.za
Website: www.westerncape.gov.za

8 November 2021 Media Release: Youth to get vaccinated

Media Release: Youth to get vaccinated

For Immediate Release

5 November 2021

District Director for the Garden Route and Central Karoo Health districts, Mr Zee Brickles,  visited Harry Comay Hospital on 4 November 2021, together with his 15-year-old daughter Riyanna Brickles for her COVID -19 vaccination.

“Our children are undeniably, our future. This certainty is however challenged daily by the COVID-19 pandemic. Research has shown that vaccination prevents severe disease and death and that is why we eagerly supported our child when she decided to take the vaccine”, said Mr Brickles.

Riyanna was initially a bit scared of the needle but now knows it was not necessary.  “I was a bit stressed about the injection part and what  a relief when it was not half as bad as I thought it would be. It was quite simple and quick”, she said. Riyanna wants to encourage other youth to also protect themselves and their families by getting the vaccine.

Mr Brickles added: “We share many dreams with our children; their matric ball, their first day heading off to university, their dream job, their wedding day etc., and we owe it to ourselves to be there with them on those days when their dreams are realised. We can absolutely achieve this if we get vaccinated and support our children to also vaccinate when they are ready, like we did. Our children have the right to choose whether or not to take the vaccine and we as parents have the obligation to support them in their informed decision. Our daughter did her own research but we also provided her with reliable and credible information about COVID and the vaccine, on which she based her own decision to take the vaccine. I would like to encourage all parents to do the same as it remains our responsibility to be that support, at times when our children need us most.

Mr Zee Brickles with his daughter Riyanna who received her COVID-19 vaccination. With them is vaccinator Elsabe Kamfer.

We are living in times where we endure repeated attacks from COVID-19 on our mental state, on our choice to socialise and on our physical health. We have all lost loved ones and colleagues, we have all witnessed how families were left in utter despair and we have certainly all endured the many restrictions imposed upon our freedom in an effort to curb the spread of the virus. December of last year was a particular challenge for us when we experienced the devastating effects of the 2nd wave, our liberties were restricted to socialise in the confines of our own homes, separated from friends and families and our movement was limited when beaches and recreational facilities were closed. We were on edge when our phones rang for fear that it may be bad news about a friend, loved one or colleague as we saw so many deaths occurring daily. The festive season last year was sombre; with seemingly no light at the endless dark tunnel.

This year I am optimistic and positive! The vaccine has brought us an opportunity to again experience the silly season as we have in previous years with lots of joy, happiness and laughter with friends and family whilst being able to visit our beaches and recreational facilities. This time we will be better prepared and protected if we are vaccinated. Children from the age of 12, adults and our most precious seniors have an opportunity to again experience the festive season as we know it without fear of severe disease and death. Let us all Unite to Vaccinate and support our children to become our allies in pursuit of a healthy and protected people. Let us not forget the dreams of our children and ensure that we help them get there through ensuring that they too are protected from severe disease and death”, said Brickles.

We implore the public to visit their nearest vaccination site for their free and quick vaccination to save our summer.

Nadia Ferreira

Principal Communications Officer

Garden Route and Central Karoo Districts

Western Cape Government Health

Tel: 044 813 1831

Email: Nadia.Ferreira@westerncape.gov.za

Website: www.westerncape.gov.za

2 November 2021 Media Release: Pregnant Women and Vaccination

Media Release: Pregnant women and vaccination

For Immediate Release
2 November 2021

Pregnancy can be a challenging time for many women. Even more so, during a pandemic.

Mothers must think not only about their own health and safety but also that of their unborn baby and how to best protect their child(ren).  Data shows that COVID-19 is more dangerous in pregnant women, especially towards the end of pregnancy. Pregnant women who are older or are living with hypertension, diabetes, obesity, TB or untreated HIV are especially at risk.

According to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists(UK), stillbirth and preterm deliveries are higher in COVID-19 positive patients.

“Since March 2020, George Hospital has seen an increase in pregnant women with COVID-19 pneumonia. The vaccination protects you, your unborn baby, your family and your community from the effects of the virus”, said Dr Carl Firmin, Head of Clinical Unit: Obstetrics & Gynaecology at George Hospital.

Pregnant and breastfeeding women are receiving COVID-19 vaccinations throughout the world.  You can have the vaccine at any stage of your pregnancy. Mcedakza Malolom (33) is six months pregnant and decided to get her COVID-19 vaccination at Thembalethu Clinic. “I want to protect myself and the baby”, she said.

Mothers who are breastfeeding are also eligible for the vaccine and so also women who are planning a pregnancy. By getting the vaccine you will decrease your chances of getting severe COVID-19 or dying from COVID-19. The vaccine can protect you and possibly your baby from getting even mild COVID-19 infection. None of the COVID-19 vaccines contain the live virus, so it cannot give you or your baby COVID-19. The vaccine may cause the same side effects whether you are pregnant or not. These are usually mild. You can use paracetamol if you have a fever or headache after vaccination.

For more information visit: www.westerncape.gov.za

Caption: Mcedakza Malolom had her vaccination to protect her unborn child. With her is Sr Meissenheimer (vaccinator) and Ms Nolokwe (administrator).

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Nadia Ferreira
Principal Communications Officer
Garden Route and Central Karoo Districts
Western Cape Government Health
Tel: 044 813 1831
Email: Nadia.Ferreira@westerncape.gov.za
Website: www.westerncape.gov.za

18 October 2021 Media Release: Garden Route Health Platform Update

Media Release: Garden Route Health Platform Update

For Immediate Release
18 October 2021

The Garden Route District has shown a decline in COVID-19 active cases per 100 000 population with 62 active cases per 100 000 this week compared to 89 cases per 100 000 population the previous week.

The situation for the district as a whole has improved. Although some district hospitals still see pockets of COVID-19 inpatients, decreased pressure is seen across the district.

All subdistricts are planning to start escalating services again that were either stopped or rendered with decreased capacity during the 3rd wave.

Vaccination teams are actively busy with outreaches to vaccinate as many people as possible. The Garden Route had a 1% increase in vaccinations for 18 years and older with at least one dose and stands at 45%.  The percentage of the total population for the Garden Route who have received at least one dose stands at 31%. This is also a 1% increase from the previous week.

The Garden Route District is slowly moving towards its target of 70% fully vaccinated persons above the age of 50 years and 70% partially vaccinated for the age group 18 – 49 years.

If you wish to fully vaccinate by Christmas, your first vaccine should be administered no later than 20 October. The Health Department appeals to all citizens to prioritise vaccination.

High-risk warning

If you are over 50 years, you are at high risk when contracting COVID-19. During the third wave, people aged 50 years and older made up 30% of cases, 60% of admissions, and 83% of deaths due to COVID-19.

Get vaccinated now to protect yourself.

 COVID-19 stats

Feature image caption: Vaccination teams did an outreach at Knysna taxi rank.

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Nadia Ferreira
Principal Communications Officer
Garden Route and Central Karoo Districts
Western Cape Government Health
Email: Nadia.Ferreira@westerncape.gov.za 
Website: www.westerncape.gov.za

13 October 2021 Media Release: Save our summer

Media Release: Save our summer

For Immediate Release
13 October 2021

The Garden Route District is slowly moving towards its target of 70% fully vaccinated persons above the age of 50 years and 70% partially vaccinated for the age group 18 – 49 years.

The district currently stands at 57% for those fully vaccinated aged 50 years and older.  To reach the target, a further 59 652 vaccines will need to be administered to that age group. The district has also partially vaccinated 37% of those in the age bracket, 18 – 49 years. To reach 70% of partial vaccinations, a total of 193 968 1st dose vaccines must be administered.

As have been widely publicised, a fourth wave is anticipated towards the end of this year. The Department urges citizens not to delay taking the first vaccination to ensure they have enough time between doses to complete their vaccination by December. If you wish to fully vaccinate by Christmas, your first vaccine should be administered no later than 20 October. The Health Department appeals to all citizens to prioritise vaccination.

No one needs to pre-register. Please don’t delay but visit your closest site. Please visit our web page for the list of weekend and week sites or call 0860142142 for directions.

COVID stats 12 October 2021

George Regional Hospital is experiencing decreased pressure in wards and the Critical Care unit.  The latest available data showed that there were 14 Covid patients in the Covid ward compared to the 28 a week ago. There were 4 patients in Critical Care of which one is on a ventilator.

Harry Comay Hospital, as a step-down facility for George Hospital, has no Covid patients in the wards. There are now 89 active cases per 100 000.  (One week ago it was 133).  The situation for the district as a whole continues to improve.

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Nadia Ferreira

Principal Communications Officer

Garden Route and Central Karoo Districts

Western Cape Government Health

Tel: 044 813 1831

Email: Nadia.Ferreira@westerncape.gov.za

Website: www.westerncape.gov.za

 

6 October 2021 Media Release: Get your vaccine now for a safe summer season

6 October 2021

Media release: Get your vaccine now for a safe summer season

Those who have not yet received their vaccine should do so now. If you want to be fully vaccinated by 1 December, the start of the festive season, you will need to:

  • Receive your first dose of Pfizer by no later than 20 October 2021.
  • Receive your second dose 42 days after. This means that you will have received your second dose by 1 December 2021 latest.

It takes approximately two weeks from full vaccination (after your second jab) for you to develop maximum immune protection. This means if you get your second jab on 1 December, you will have the best possible protection from around 14 December – just around the time that many people have planned to start their festive season plans.

Western Cape Government Health has set December as the target to ensure that residents have a summer that they can look forward to and aims to fully vaccinate 70% of those over 50 years old by December and 70% of the eligible population with at least one dose.

The recently held Vooma vaccination weekend drive saw 59 429 vaccines administered in the Western Cape of which 1104 were administered in the Garden Route.

“Although the turn-out was much less than anticipated, we commend every person who came for their vaccination, despite rainy and very cold weather. We want to encourage our communities to take up the offer of vaccination as it has been demonstrated to offer significant protection against severe COVID related disease and death”, said Mr Zee Brickles (Health Director: Garden Route and Central Karoo).

“We all want to enjoy the festive season which is why I have also launched the jabs b4jol campaign to encourage especially young people to get vaccinated. Vaccines are safe and very effective. We are seeing a lot fewer hospitalisations and deaths in people who get vaccinated. While some people have minor reactions after getting vaccinated like headaches or fever, these are often easily managed at home, and the benefit of getting vaccinated is much greater than being unvaccinated and getting COVID-19. Please use any one of our vaccine sites. Many who are 18 years and older, who received their jabs from 20 August, are now eligible for their second shot. Please do not hesitate, fully vaccinate”, said Minister of Health, Dr Mbombo.

Caption: Walk-about at Harry Comay Hospital’s Vooma vaccination site from left front: Mr Jewel Jonkers (Director Education Garden Route), Mr Memory Booysen (Garden Route mayor), Sr Linda Geweld (Nursing Manager Harry Comay Hospital),  Back: Dr Terence Marshall (Health), Mr Zee Brickles (Health Director: Garden Route and Central Karoo District), Mr Leon van Wyk (George mayor), Dr Zilla North (medical manager George subdistrict)

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Nadia Ferreira

Principal Communications Officer

Garden Route and Central Karoo Districts

Western Cape Government Health

Email: Nadia.Ferreira@westerncape.gov.za

Website: www.westerncape.gov.za