GARDEN ROUTE DISTRICT NEWS - Western Cape Government Health in the Garden Route is experiencing an increase in COVID-19 numbers across the district.
According to the latest statement: “The total number of positive patients for the district is 12 289 in comparison with a week earlier of 11 466. This is an increase of 823 positive patients which is most disconcerting. The increase for the previous week was 410 cases."
"There has been a 237 % district increase in cases over the last 7 days, compared to the 7 days prior”, said Dr Terence Marshall, health cluster lead for Department of Health.
Case comparisons over 14 days :
“Despite our wanting to return to normal, and despite the relative success of our COVID-19 response, it is important to keep up our prevention behaviour. COVID-19 is not gone; we need to work together to avoid a second wave. As more people are moving around and economic activity is allowed under level 1 restrictions, we are seeing smaller clusters of infections flare up.
"Many of these flare-ups originate at social gatherings which can be anything from a party, religious gathering or even in a workplace – any place where large numbers of people congregate that is crowded, has poor ventilation and social distancing cannot be maintained.
"When going out, always wear your mask and avoid crowded places, close-contact settings, and confined enclosed spaces with poor ventilation.
"Do not become complacent. Even when you feel safe between friends and family, you should continue to wear your mask and maintain a distance of at least 1,5 m from other people”, said District Health Director, Mr Zee Brickles.
Daily stats update as of 16 November 2020:
According to the latest information available for both private and public there are 136 patients in hospital of which 24 are in ICU/high care.
What we are doing to stop the spread:
- Re-allocating staff back to support of COVID-positive tracking and contact tracing
- Reviewing non-essential hospital services such as elective surgery which has just been started again.
- Interrogating hot spots for selected Community Screening and Testing.
- Communications activities which feed into larger Provincial COVID-19 campaign
- Sending in motivations to extend temporary additional contract posts to ensure sufficient staff available.
Tips to stay safe:
- Use outside space because fresher is better – dine outside, do outdoor activities
- Make smart choices in every setting. For example, take the stairs if you cannot distance in the elevator.
- Review the capacity of a venue – if you cannot maintain 1.5m then consider an alternative venue. Reward those businesses that think of your safety.
- Avoid queues and close contact where possible when going out - order drinks and food from your table instead of standing in queues. If someone stands too close, kindly and politely ask them to step back.
- Ensure the venue you are at has its windows open to ensure fresh air circulates. If they don’t do so, find a venue that will.
- If inside, keep masks whenever possible (when finished eating) and try and sit close to a window that is open.
- Complete the attendance register honestly and accurately so we can notify you in case of possible infection. We need this data for contact tracing, and it can help us prevent a bushfire.
- Always wear your mask when outside and continue applying the 5 golden rules of hygiene in your everyday activities.
- Do not share drinks or cigarettes, and make sure your cutlery has been properly cleaned before use.
- If you are sick, STAY at home. It is not worth the risk of infecting your friends.
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