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Door-To-Door Screening to Continue

Health Teams in the Garden Route District have screened more than 70 000 people and have referred 404 for testing through the door-to-door screening and testing program. These community screening and testing outreaches are aimed at finding as many people as possible who might have Covid-19. During the community screening and testing the support of the community is essential for the success in stopping the spread of the virus.

Health teams are identifiable by their badges and clothing/uniform and allow them to screen you (ask questions regarding symptoms). If you are referred for testing, be assured these tests are safe. Testing for coronavirus is done by taking a swab in your nose.  While you await your results, we ask that you please quarantine at home in a separate room, if possible. We appeal to people who need to quarantine to stay home and not have visitors. If you cannot quarantine at home, speak to the health worker who will advise on facilities that are available for isolation and quarantine. Remember that only people who CANNOT isolate/quarantine at home will be advised on available facilities to do so.

Western Cape Government Health cannot do this alone.

“Every single person can help us in our effort, by staying home as much as possible, keeping a distance at all times, avoiding gatherings of people wherever it may occur, by always following the golden rules of good hygiene, and by properly wearing a clean cloth mask whenever out in public”, said Premier Alan Winde.

Members of the public are encouraged to continue practicing the 5 Golden Rules of Good Hygiene and to wear a cloth mask when in public spaces.

The 5 Golden rules of prevention:

  1. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  2. Keep surfaces clean
  3. Do not touch your face
  4. Cough and sneeze in your elbow fold
  5. Keep 1,5m away from people when you leave your home.

Teams have tested the following number of people as part of the door-to-door screening and testing program from 8 April to 20 May 2020:

  • Bitou subdistrict:  15 540 of which 37 were referred for testing
  • Knysna subdistrict:  5 134 of which 20 were referred for testing
  • George subdistrict:  14 961 of which 71 were referred for testing
  • Mossel Bay subdistrict:  12 307 of which 143 were referred for testing
  • Hessequa subdistrict:  14 939 of which 119 were referred for testing
  • Kannaland subdistrict:  3 034 of which 5 were referred for testing
  • Oudtshoorn subdistrict:  8 934 of which 9 were referred for testing

Door-to-door screening and testing sites for subdistricts 25 May – 29 May 2020

Bitou subdistrict:

  • Crags (Kurland)

Knysna subdistrict:

  • Sedgefield

George subdistrict:

  • 25 May:  Thembalethu Zone 3
  • 26 – 29 May:  Zone 4 (Lusaka-area)

Mossel Bay subdistrict:

  • Alma

Hessequa subdistrict:

  • 26 – 28 May:  Slangrivier
  • 28 May:  Albertinia
  • 25 – 26 May:  Melkhoutfontein
  • 25 – 28 May:  Riversdal
  • 27 May:  Gouritsmond

Oudtshoorn subdistrict:

  • 25 – 26 May:  Bridgton
  • 27 – 28 May:  Toekomsrus
  • 25 – 28 May:  Dysselsdorp
  • 25 – 28 May:  De Rust

Note: community screening is not the only place where screening is possible. Other methods of screening for COVID-19 include:

  1. Self-assessment risk tool (                                                                                                       
  2. Any Primary Healthcare facility is able to conduct screening (please be sure to call ahead)                                                                                                                                         
  3. Your local GP and District Hospital (please be sure to call ahead)

Community Health Workers will visit your home to ask you a few questions (screen).