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Latest Covid-19 statistics

Statistics show that Grabouw within the Theewaterskloof Municipality and Zwelihle within the Overstrand still have the highest number of active Covid-19 cases in the Overberg.

Numbers released by the Overberg District Municipality show that on Monday 22 June Zwelihle had 118 active cases, 72 recoveries and 190 confirmed cases. Grabouw had 113 active cases, 53 recoveries and 172 confirmed cases.

Grabouw also recorded six Covi-19 related deaths.

Villiersdorp recorded three deaths, Gansbaai recorded 2 deaths, Arniston, Bot River, Buffeljagsbaai, Napier, Mount Pleasant and Onrus recorded 1 death each.

As of Tuesday 23 June the Overstrand recorded 455 confirmed cases. The Overberg in total has 842 confirmed cases, 470 active cases and 353 recoveries.

According to Roche Butler, spokesperson for the Overberg Health Department, there are currently 18 patients admitted in Covid-19 wards at the district hospitals across the Overberg. Six of these are patients under investigation.

“Since there are only District Hospitals in the Overberg, patients who need intensive care are transferred to Worcester Regional Hospital. Two patients have recently been transferred to intensive care units.”

Butler adds that one has a higher risk of getting severe Covid-19 if you are older than 55 years and have an existing health condition, such as diabetes, hypertension, TB, HIV, lung disease, or if your immune system is compromised.

“If you fall into this risk category we urge you to stay at home if you can and to take extra care. This includes washing or sanitising your hands frequently, keeping surfaces clean, always wearing your mask when leaving your home and keeping a distance from other people,” she says.

The health department emphasises that we should remember that we are all at risk of getting Covid-19. They encourage everyone to stay safe and protect their loved ones by following the set guidelines. These include the washing of hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, not touching your face, staying at home and if you have to go out, always wearing a cloth mask. Lastly covering your cough and sneeze with your elbow or tissue, staying at home if you are sick and maintaining social distancing.

The health department also encourages people to keep their work surfaces and frequently touched surfaces clean by disinfecting it with diluted bleach.

Some people are more at risk of getting severe Covid-19, such as the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions. This is why it is so important that we take all the precautions we can to protect ourselves and our loved ones from Covid-19.

Butler explains that in order to be tested for Covid-19, you will first need to be screened.

“If you have flu-like symptoms, you can be screened for Covid-19 by using the self-screening tool on the Western Cape Government coronavirus website, www.westerncape.gov.za/coronavirus; calling the toll-free provincial hotline on 021 928 4102 or calling the doctor or clinic and ask that they screen you telephonically.

If you are referred for testing you will need to call your nearest facility to arrange a suitable time for testing.

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