10 July 2020 Media Release: Garden Route Health Platform Update

Media Release: Garden Route Health Platform Update on 10 July 2020

For Immediate Release
10 July 2020

As of 10 July 2020, the Garden Route District has 2241 confirmed cases of Covid-19.

Cases 

Garden Route cases and recoveries per subdistrict.

Bitou 139 cases; 62 recoveries
Knysna 328 cases; 161 recoveries
George 1093 cases; 509 recoveries
Hessequa 37 cases; 20 recoveries
Kannaland 24 cases; 10 recoveries
Mossel Bay 442 cases; 164 recoveries
Oudsthoorn 178 cases; 49 recoveries

The Garden Route has recorded 47 Covid-19 deaths.

Hessequa 1
Mossel Bay 7
George 24
Knysna 9
Bitou 4
Oudtshoorn 2

Hospitalisation

There are currently 32 patients admitted in public and private hospitals with 9 in ICU.

Community Testing and Screening

The approach to active Covid-19 case finding within the rural areas remain that of community testing and screening with a focus on people > 55 years, the vulnerable and those of high risk (people with co-morbidities). To date 133 536 people have been screened and 851 referred for testing.

Isolation and quarantine

Isolation facilities are for patients with mild to moderate symptoms where they can recover from Covid-19 (usually 14 days) and quarantine facilities are for those awaiting test results. These facilities are safe and comfortable and you will receive free transport, meals, and a laundry service. People who cannot isolate or quarantine safely at home, can be referred to a isolation or quarantine facility.

PetroSA (West Camp) is currently the only activated isolation and quarantine facility in the Garden Route. More facilities will be announced, if and when the need arises or capacity is exceeded at PetroSA. We currently have 86 people at West Camp.

Primary healthcare                                                                                                        

Although we urge patients to only visit their nearest clinic for essential services we remind parents and caregivers that services such as immunisations are still rendered. It is important to attend all your confirmed appointments. Services such as women’s health(family planning, antenatal and post-natal care), child health(immunisations) and TB, are still rendered. Stable chronic care patients must collect their chronic medicine at the chronic off-sites. “should you require guidance or advice around your current treatment or scheduled appointment, please contact your clinic/hospital.

ENDS

Nadia Ferreira
Principal Communications Officer
Garden Route and Central Karoo Districts
Western Cape Government Health
Town Clinic,Plettenberg Bay
Tel: 044 5333846
Email: Nadia.Ferreira@westerncape.gov.za
Website: www.westerncape.gov.za