KAROO NEWS - The community screening done by the Western Cape Department of Health which started in Oudtshoorn last week, continues today.
The Oudtshoorn Municipality issued the following statement regarding the screening today.
A query has been sent to the Department of Health to determine how many people have been screened in the Greater Oudtshoorn so far and how many have been referred for testing.
During last week’s screening parts of Bridgton, Dysselsdorp and De Rust were covered. The door-to-door screening is being conducted by trained field workers.
During the screening of Oudsthoorn sub-district from 11 to 14 May, a total of 4 638 people were screened and 5 were referred for testing.
The areas to be screened this week are as follows:
MONDAY, 18 MAY 2020
- GG Kamp, Bongolethu Magermanstraat
- Plaattjiesstraat, Kerrieblok, Dysselsdorp
- Numbers 800 to 100 Asla, De Rust
TUESDAY, 19 MAY 2020
- Stegmanstraat, Kerrieblok, Dysselsdorp
- Solomonsstraat, Kerrieblok, Dysselsdorp
- Numbers 901 to 950 Asla, De Rust
WEDNESDAY, 20 MAY 2020
- Belelliestraat, Kerrieblok, Dysselsdorp
- Ruiterstraat, Kerrieblok, Dysselsdorp
- Dwarsweg, Beverly Hills, De Rust
- Gloxaliastraat, Beverly Hills, De Rust
- Adenuimstraat, Beverly Hills, De Rust
THURSDAY, 21 MAY 2020
- Kanaal area, Bongolethu
- Ou Bokkraal, Dysselsdorp
- Olienhoudskloof, Dysselsdorp
- Jossie se Plaas, Dysselsdorp
- Randstraat, Blomnek, De Rust
- Vygiestraat, Blomnek, De Rust
- Middelweg, Blomnek, De Rust
FRIDAY, 22 MAY 2020
- Kanaal area, Bongolethu
Anyone found with COVID-19 symptoms during the screenings will be sent for testing to the nearest clinic.
When someone in my community or neighbourhood tests positive
Please remember that there is no shame in being referred for testing or testing positive. Also remember most people will recover after a mild illness. Covid-19 does not discriminate, and anyone can be infected. Communities need to support those who have tested positive.
It is normal to feel scared, anxious, confused and even panic because of the virus and what we don’t know. But these feelings should not make you discriminate against someone who has tested positive.
We should not stigmatise people who have tested positive. We must offer our support. Although you should avoid physical contact, you can support them by messaging or calling to ask how they are doing. As they and the rest of their household will be in isolation, you can offer to help by buying food or medication and dropping it off at their door.
Remember, we are in this together and must support each other.
Health risk due to social stigmatisation
When someone who tested positive for Covid-19 feels scared or threatened by their community or neighbourhood, they might hide their illness to avoid discrimination. This can result in them not seeking healthcare, which can lead to their condition deteriorating and eventually spreading the virus to others.
Remember, it is a difficult time for the infected or affected people and they need compassion, love, and support.
Instead of stigmatising or discriminating, you can offer to help them.
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