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NC dept intensifies monitoring at homes for elderly, children

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The Department of Social Development confirmed on Tuesday that there were 15 residents and 10 staff members who had tested positive for Covid-19 at the facility.

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MONITORING continues to be intensified by the Northern Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) at homes for the elderly, as well as children’s homes, following an outbreak of Covid-19 at Silwerhof residential facility for the elderly in Hopetown.

The Department of Social Development confirmed on Tuesday that there were 15 residents and 10 staff members who had tested positive for Covid-19 at the facility. The affected residents have been hospitalised.

Department spokesperson Gamiem Abrahams said on Tuesday that the infected patients were segregated from the other residents and staff, while fumigation of the facility took place immediately.

Gamiem stated that previous cases of Covid-19 recorded at residential facilities in the Province included one positive case at Johenco old age home in Sutherland and one case at Ons Huis in Kimberley. In both instances the patients were hospitalised.

With regards to children’s care centres, Abrahams indicated that two positive cases were reported at Bright Light Children’s Home in Pofadder, where a child and youth-care worker tested positive.

“All protocols were implemented and there were no other reported cases. The child and youth-care worker were quarantined at home and all the children and other staff at the facility were supported by the department,” Abrahams said.

He stated further that the department had also availed social workers in all areas where care and residential facilities needed to provide psychosocial services to those affected.

Abrahams added that as a further preventative measure, no visitors are allowed at care or residential facilities. 

“The DSD is also working together with the Department of Health for NICDAM (National Institute Community Development and Management) training of nurses and caregivers.”