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The Western Cape Health Department has revealed on Wednesday (18 March) that there are currently no confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the Overberg.

National figures released on Wednesday morning indicated that 116 patients across the country had been tested positive for Covid-19.

Earlier this week the Health Department announced that a total of 16 patients in the Western Cape have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus. The Health Department’s Overberg District office would however not reveal how many patients had undergone testing for the Corona virus at health facilities in the region.

Roche Butler, spokesperson for the Health Department’s Overberg District office, stated: “According to protocol, an update with the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 will be released by the National Department of Health. Thereafter, Western Cape Government Health will send out a release with an update on the number of confirmed cases in the Western Cape. At present there are no confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the Overberg. All facilities in the Overstrand are able to screen and can test for Covid-19 should a person meet the case definition.” Both the Western Cape Health Department and private healthcare provider Mediclinic highlighted the fact that people who suspect they might have been infected should call their health care providers first to inform them of the possibility before going for tests in order to limit exposure. “If a patient suspects they might be infected after firstly considering the determining criteria, doing the assessment or discussing it with their doctor, patients need to contact the hospital telephonically prior to coming in. Coordinating the consultation and testing process will assist us in providing effective care and at the same time limit the exposure between all the relevant role players,” explained Gerhard Joubert, GM at Hermanus Mediclinic.

Cobé Grobler, Mediclinic Hermanus Patient Experience Officer, highlighted the following: “It is important to note that only patients presenting with specific symptoms such as chills, cough, sore throat, headaches, muscular pain, fever, and difficulty breathing who have also been potentially exposed through travel or contact with a Covid-19 confirmed patient, will be tested for the virus. Visitors from other countries not showing symptoms do not need testing.”

Grobler explained that Covid-19 testing can be done free of charge at Mediclinic, stating: “You can be tested at Mediclinic Hermanus, but need to mention you wish not to pay. Your specimen will be marked NICD and there will not be a pathology fee attached. Your test results will take up to 48/72 hours. If you wish to pay, your results stay in the Western Cape and will be available within 24 hours from a private pathology service at a fee.” Free testing is done at the Hermanus Provincial hospital.

Mediclinic pointed out that the facility has, in strict accordance with the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) and National Department of Health protocols, implemented the necessary measures to manage any patients presenting with symptoms and to prevent the potential transmission of the virus in its facilities.

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