Community screening update

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Community screening for Covid-19

Members of the Department of Health, Mkhondo SAPS and Mkhondo Local Municipality continue community screening of residents of Mkhondo for the coronavirus.

First, individuals are required to fill out a form, to disclose if they were in contact with anyone who tested positive for Covid-19. Since a fever is easy to detect and one of the first symptoms of the virus, a thermometer is then used to check for body temperatures.

The residents of the following areas in eMkhondo have been screened (11-18 May):

Monday, 11 May – Ward 2 (Elindelani), Mkhondo CBD, Spar Centre, Mall@Mfula, Piet Retief Hospital, RH Private Hospital, PHC facilities and at an N2 roadblock:

  1. Households visited – 446
  2. Individuals screened – 3 959
  3. Refused screening – 20

Tuesday, 12 May – Ward 2 (Elindelani), Mkhondo CBD, Spar Centre, Mall@Mfula, Piet Retief Hospital, RH Private Hospital, PHC facilities and an N2 roadblock:

  1. Households visited – 487
  2. Persons Screened – 4 031
  3. Refused screening – 15

Wednesday, 13 May – Ward 3 (KwaNgema), Mkhondo Town CBD, Spar Centre, Mall@Mfula, Piet Retief Hospital, RH Private Hospital, PHC facilities and an N2 Roadblock:

  1. Households visited – 231
  2. Persons Screened – 4 059
  3. Refused screening – 9

Thursday, 14 May – Ward 3 (KwaNgema), eMkhondo Town CBD, Spar Centre, Mall@Mfula, Piet Retief Hospital, RH Private Hospital, PHC facilities and an N2 Roadblock:

  1. Households visited – 211
  2. Persons Screened – 3 588
  3. Refused screening – 5

Friday, 15 May – Ward 3 (KwaNgema), Mkhondo Town CBD, Spar Centre, Mall@Mfula, Piet Retief Hospital, RH Private Hospital, PHC facilities, N2 Roadblock and individuals waiting to receive SASSA grants:

  1. Households visited – 137
  2. Persons Screened – 2 597
  3. Refused screening – 2

Saturday, 16 May – Ward 3 (KwaNgema), Piet Retief Hospital, RH Private Hospital, PHC facilities and an N2 roadblock:

  1. Households visited – 175
  2. Persons Screened – 1 373
  3. Refused screening – 1

Sunday, 17 May – Ward 3 (KwaNgema), Piet Retief Hospital, RH Private Hospital, PHC facilities and an N2 roadblock:

  1. Households visited – 167
  2. Persons Screened – 1 230
  3. Refused screening – 0

Monday, 18 May – Ward 3 (Dirkiesdorp), Mkhondo Town CBD, Spar Centre, Mall@Mfula, Piet Retief Hospital, RH Private Hospital, PHC facilities, N2 roadblock, Amsterdam and Mkhondo West:

  1. Households visited – 260
  2. Persons Screened – 3 879
  3. Refused screening – 2

Covid-19 cases in the Gert Sibande District Municipality (As provided by Sibusiso Mabuza – Assistant Director of Communications of the Gert Sibande District):

  1. Chief Albert Luthuli Local Municipality (Nhlazatshe) has one positive case.
  2. Dipaleseng Municipality (Balfour) has no positive cases.
  3. Dr. Pixley Ka Isaka Seme Local Municipality (Volks- rust) has 17 positive cases, of which 13 people have recovered.
  4. Govan Mbeki Local Municipality (Secunda and Bethal) has five positive cases, of which one has recovered
  5. Lekwa Local Municipality (Standerton) has two positive cases and both of the individuals have recovered.
  6. The Mkhondo Local Municipality has had no positive cases thus far.
  7. Msukaligwa Local Municipality (Ermelo) has had one positive case and the individual has recovered.

So far, Mpumalanga has had 76 positive Covid-19 cases and 53 of those individuals have already recovered, leaving the number of active cases at only 23.

According to the Mpumalanga Department of Health, Nkomazi Local Municipality (Malalane) has reported the most positive cases of the coronavirus (20 of which 18 have already recovered), followed by the Dr. Pixley Ka Isaka Seme Local Municipality (16 cases of which 13 people have already recovered).

Of all the cases which have been reported in Mpumalanga, only approximately 30.3% remain active.

Also read: Covid-19 testing and screening in Mkhondo