GARDEN ROUTE DISTRICT NEWS - Due to a technical issue with our data feed from the NHLS, our daily statistical update has been delayed. We are working to resolve the issue and will update the dashboard and the stats as soon as the correct data is available.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
A total of 1 061 people are currently hospitalised in the province, with 220 of these in ICU or high care.
Yesterday, we closed the Hospital of Hope at the CTICC but this does not mark the end of our fight against COVID-19. We must all continue to play our part in ensuring that we are able to slow the spread of the virus.
As the virus is likely to still be with us for many more months, our colleagues in the Department of Health are also ensuring that we can continue to provide the appropriate level of care to those who may still need it. In the metro region, the Brackengate temporary field hospital is now the primary Hospital of Hope- providing 338 beds.
The Freesia ward in Mitchell's Plain, sponsored by the Gift of the Givers will also provide an additional 60 dedicated COVID-19 beds. This is a legacy project, which will allow us to use this resource beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
Two other legacy projects have also been completed in our rural areas- the Sonstraal Hospital in Paarl will provide 63 beds, while in Vredendal, staff identified and transformed an unused boiler room at the Vredendal Hospital into a COVID-19 ward.
Previously used as a store room, the hospital management, staff and maintenance team set to work. preparing the space so that contractors could start the alterations.The space will now function as a COVID-19 ward, but in the future, will provide additional capacity at the hospital.
Healthcare workers who were stationed at the CTICC will now return to the healthcare facilities they were seconded from, or be re-deployed at other healthcare facilities across the province.
Equipment purchased for use at the CTICC will also be used elsewhere across the province, boosting the resources available in the healthcare system.
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