Several offices and public buildings in city closed for decontamination after workers test positive for Covid-19
OFFICES and public buildings in Kimberley continue to close as employees test positive for Covid-19 with the Kimberley police station also shutting its doors on Monday.
Police spokesperson Brigadier Mohale Ramatseba confirmed that the local police station in Phakamile Mabija Road had to be closed for decontamination on Monday after some members attached to the 10111 Centre tested positive for Covid-19.
“The said members have been placed under quarantine. Other members who came into close contact with the members have been isolated,” Ramatseba said.
It is believed that three members at the station have tested positive.
Ramatseba said that the decontamination process would be finalised on Monday and the police station and 10111 Centre would be fully operational from Tuesday.
“The Provincial Commissioner of the Northern Cape, Lieutenant-General Risimati Peter Shivuri, has assured the community of Kimberley that services will not be hampered as the community will receive assistance through a Mobile Community Service Centre, temporarily placed in front of the police station,” Ramatseba stated.
The Acting Station Commander of Kimberley, Colonel Rikhotso, can also be contacted on 082 469 0696, alternatively Colonel Njilo of Police Emergency Services can be contacted on 082 447 1503.
Meanwhile, a magistrate at the Kimberley Maintenance Court has also tested positive.
The spokesperson for the Department of Justice, Chrispin Phiri, confirmed that a magistrate had tested positive, but added that the court was still operational.
“Close contacts have been tested and a policy of self-isolation has been implemented where applicable,” said Phiri.
He added that the majority of the contacts had tested negative but a few of the tests were still outstanding.
The Sol Plaatje Municipality’s cashier sections at both the Civic Centre offices and the Traffic Section at Pioneer House were also closed on Monday after a second employee tested positive for Covid-19, while a store at the Diamond Pavilion Mall in Kimberley was also temporarily closed on Saturday.
The facility was disinfected immediately after the incident and is again open for business.
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