23 November 2020 Media Release: Garden Route District COVID-19 Update 

Media Release: Garden Route District COVID-19 Update 

For Immediate Release
23 November 2020

We’re all eager to get back to our pre-COVID-19 lives and managing the risks can help us get there faster. The way we behave and socialise over the coming weeks will be crucial in the fight against a second wave. As we head into the Festive Season many workplaces will be having their annual year-end function. These events have been identified as a risk as they could easily become “COVID-19 Super spreader events”.  The Department appeals to each and every business and individual to reconsider hosting these events and to rather do these virtually at this time, or postpone them until we have gained control over the resurgence we are experiencing. Where a social event cannot be avoided, we encourage guests and hosts to:

  • Have it outside because fresh air is better
  • Review the capacity of a venue – if you cannot maintain 1.5m then consider an alternative venue
  • Avoid queues and close contact where possible
  • Ensure the venue you are at has its windows open to ensure fresh air circulation and where possible, try and sit close to a window that is open.
  • If inside, keep masks on whenever possible (when not eating and ensure that masks cover the mouth and nose)
  • Venues should have an attendance register which must be completed by every guest so that all contacts can be traced if a need arise
  • If you are sick or experiencing any flu-like symptoms, STAY at home

Daily stats update as of 23 November 2020:

Sub-district Total Active Recovered Died
Hessequa 440 40 380 20
Mossel Bay 3 004 369 2 552 83
George 5 207 1 018 4 056 133
Knysna 2 147 423 1 669 55
Bitou 1 080 293 753 34
Kannaland 150 3 145 2
Oudtshoorn 1 726 83 1 525 118
TOTAL 13 754 2 229 11 080 445


From our latest available information, there are 160 patients in hospital of which 50 are in high care or ICU.

Quarantine and Isolation  

If you cannot safely isolate at home we urge you to make use of our quarantine and isolation facilities where you will receive temporary care away from home. Transport to and from the facility will be provided, as well as food, laundry services, and waste disposal.

Sick? Stay home and call 080 928 4102 or visit https://www.westerncape.gov.za/dept/health


Nadia Ferreira
Principal Communications Officer
Garden Route and Central Karoo Districts
Western Cape Government Health
Town Clinic,Plettenberg Bay

Tel: 076 379 5423
Email: Nadia.Ferreira@westerncape.gov.za
Website: www.westerncape.gov.za