- St Augustine's Hospital in Durban has become a hot zone for the virus
- The Hospital will not accept any new admissions
- All patients who visited the hospital from 1st of March are asked to contact the Department of Health
St Augustine's Hospital has asked all former patients who visiting the hospital from 1 March 2020 to contact the KZN Department of Health. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize made an urgent plea to all former patients of Saturday.
Briefly.co.za learned that the Durban based hospital has become a hotspot for the virus in KwaZulu-Natal.
"We have received a report from KZN Health MEC, Ms Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu that KwaZulu-Natal has 11 confirmed Covid-19 cases linked to St Augustine’s Hospital, in Durban. Furthermore, three of the deceased patients from KZN had been admitted at the hospital," Mkhize said.
"The Covid-19 positive cases include patients, health workers and other staff members."
Yesterday, Briefly.co.za reported on a hospital what had 11 workers test positive for the virus and there were discussions about closing the hospital.
What has been decided is, affected parts of the hospital will be closed and no new admission will be allowed according to IOL.
"This is a precautionary measure to allow for a thorough identification of areas within the hospital where there may have been infection control lapses. The areas that were exposed to positive patients are also being disinfected," the Health Minister said.
"At this stage more than 150 tests have been conducted within the hospital and contact tracing is underway. We have advised that more tests be done on both staff and patients in order to determine the true extent of the existence of the infection in the facility, which may call for further interventions."
MEC Simelane-Zulu has asked Netcare to provide the KZN Health Department with a list of all patients so that the tracking and tracing team can identify everyone who came into contact with former patients from the 1st of March.
"We, therefore, make a public announcement that if you were a patient at St Augustine’s Hospital from 1 March 2020 to date, we request that you contact the KZN Department of Health," Mkhize said.
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