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Statement on the SBDM JOC Meeting Held on 23 July 2020

Index Statement on the SBDM JOC Meeting Held on 23 July 2020
Date Added: 23 July 2020

Statement on the SBDM JOC Meeting Held on 23 July 2020

23 July 2020

COVID-19

The members of the Sarah Baartman District Municipality’s (SBDM) Joint Operations Committee (JOC) were saddened today by the update that in the last week 38 deaths were reported. This brings the total number of community members across the district that has passed-away due to Covid-19 to 90. The Executive Mayor of SBDM, Cllr Khunjuzwa Kekana said that “the increase in deaths is truly a concern and as we are heading towards the peak, we need to focus on trying to reduce infections especially to those with comorbidities”. 

The current total cases for SBDM is 3933 with a total of 2780 recoveries and 1063 active cases. The breakdown per local municipality is as follows:

 

Local Municipality

Total Cases

Recoveries

Deaths

Total Active Cases

Koukamma Municipality

95

46

1

48

Blue Crane Route Municipality

547

263

11

273

Ndlambe Municipality

567

390

3

174

Dr Beyers Naudѐ Municipality

387

250

16

121

Makana Municipality

823

621

8

194

Sundays River Valley Municipality

586

500

33

53

Kouga Municipality

928

710

18

200

 

Despite the continued increase in infections it is encouraging to note that the recovery rate for Sarah Baartman District is 71% currently, although we will continue to work at increasing the recovery rate. 

Some important changes that the JOC wants to remind community members of:

-          Wearing a mask is mandatory under advanced lockdown level 3 regulations.

-          The sale of alcohol and tobacco are prohibited.

-          The isolation period has been changed from 14 days to 10 days.

-          If you are waiting for test results, have tested positive or have been in contact with a person who has tested positive, you need to isolate.

 

Community members are also encouraged to continue practicing social distancing, good hygiene and boost their immunity. Below are simple tips to help boost your immunity:

 

If you are unsure and think that you might have contracted Covid-19, please dial *134*832# or send ‘Check’ to 0600 123 456 on WhatsApp. For more information community members can contact the Covid-19 24hr hotline number: 0800 029 999 or the Covid19 WhatsApp number: 0600 123 456.

 

Gender-based Violence (GBV)

The JOC noted that several cases of rape and assault were reported in the last week across the district. Anyone who is being abused, knows of someone who is being abused or suspects someone is being abused must report it to the SAPS on 10111 or contact the GBV hotline on 0800 428 428, alternately send a ‘please call me’ to *120*7867#.

 

Illegal Dumping

Illegal dumping continues to be a health threat across the district. Community members are encouraged to adhere to municipal by-laws and refrain from dumping waste illegally. The health and environmental effects of illegal dumping is counterproductive to the current efforts made by Government to reduce the spread of diseases.

 

Ends

 

Issued by: Sarah Baartman District Municipality Communications