Sarah Baartman District's high number of Covid-19 cases worries authorities

The Sarah Baartman District Municipality’s (SBDM) District Command Council (DCC) on Tuesday again expressed concern at the high COVID-19 positivity rate in the district.

Sarah Baartman District's high number of Covid-19 cases worries authorities

1 Dec 2020 09:32

Port Elizabeth - The Sarah Baartman District Municipality’s (SBDM) District Command Council (DCC) on Tuesday again expressed concern at the high COVID-19 positivity rate in the district.

"The DCC noted that although there is an increase in recoveries this week the amount of active cases is still very high," said Natasha Peterson,                       Communications Officer at the Sarah Baartman District Municipality.

"The current total cases for Sarah Baartman District, as of 30 November 2020, are 13 950."

Peterson added that, to date, 12 235 community members have recovered, making the total active cases 1 359.

The breakdown per local municipality is as follows:

Local Municipality

Total Cases

Recoveries

Deaths

Total Active Cases

Blue Crane Route Municipality

1810

1618

44

148

Dr Beyers Naud? Municipality

2582

2216

61

305

Kouga

Municipality

3176

2771

55

350

Koukamma Municipality

873

778

13

82

Makana Municipality

2434

2127

73

234

Ndlambe Municipality

1920

1695

59

166

Sundays River Valley Municipality

1155

1030

51

74

"The following towns have been identified as hotspot areas due to high number of active cases (30 or more). Community members in these areas are urged to follow the safety protocols and to adhere to the current lockdown level one restrictions," Peterson said.

"The hotspot areas are as follows: Graaff-Reinet, Makhanda, Humansdorp, Jeffreys Bay, Port Alfred, Somerset East, Aberdeen, Kirkwood, Boesmansrivier, Patensie, Kareedouw and Alicedale.

"The Sarah Baartman DCC urges all community members to take the necessary precaution at all times, as the district is a hotspot."

Peterson also said that community members need to continue practicing the safety methods which include:

  • Washing hands regularly with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitiser.
  • Wearing a face mask.
  • Maintaining social distance.

"If you think that you might have contracted Covid-19, please dial *134*832# or send ‘Check’ to 0600 123 456 on WhatsApp. For more information community members can contact the Covid-19 24hr hotline number: 0800 029 999 or the Covid19 WhatsApp number: 0600 123 456."


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