Covid-19 closes three Mitchell’s Plain clinics

Three Mitchell’s Plain clinics have been closed after staff tested positive for
Covid-19.

Weltevreden Valley, Rocklands and Westridge clinics are among a number of City of Cape Town clinics which have been closed recently, including Parow CDC and Landsdowne, Westlake, Vuyani, Nyanga, Masicendane, Gugulethu and Kasselsvlei clinics.

At the time of publication, Mitchell’s Plain had 1 068 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 312 recoveries.

During the closure of the Mitchell’s Plain clinics, patients are being diverted to Lentegeur and Tafelsig clinics.

“It is likely that more closures will sporadically occur in the coming months, as the number of individuals with Covid-19 increases,” said mayoral committee member for community services and health
Dr Zahid Badroodien.

In the case of a healthcare worker testing positive, a risk assessment is conducted by the City’s Occupational Health and Safety branch to determine whether full closure of the facility is required, or whether limited services can continue.

In the event of partial or full closure, the affected area or entire facility is decontaminated and reopened to the public as soon as this process is completed, and depending on the availability of staff, he said.

“Where there is a risk of staff possibly having been exposed, they will be placed in isolation, or tested – again, depending on the findings of the risk assessment,” said
Dr Badroodien.

“The City reassures the public that we are working very hard to ensure the health and well-being of our staff, as well as the public during this unprecedented health crisis,” he said.