Mediclinic Cape Town in Gardens has closed for new admissions after a number of healthcare workers and other service providers tested positive for Covid-19.
Nearly 300 potential contacts have been tested after 26 people tested positive, including 15 healthcare workers.
“Mediclinic can confirm that following the identification of a number of Mediclinic Cape Town healthcare workers and other service providers that tested positive for Covid-19, nearly 300 potential contacts have been tested, with the majority of these returning negative results,” said Dr. Stefan Smuts, the chief clinical officer of Mediclinic Southern Africa, in a statement.
“Currently, 26 individuals have tested positive, including 15 healthcare workers. The individuals in question are all currently in isolation and will remain so until they are fully recovered.
“Testing has been expanded and will continue until everyone on site has been tested, including all patients, doctors, employees, and service providers based at the hospital.”
Smuts said all involved would be in insolation until they fully recovered. Arrangements have been made for the safe isolation of staff members who need accommodation.
He said the hospital group acted quickly to limit the risk. The rules for the prevention and control of infections by the National Institute of Communicable Diseases and the World Health Organisation are strictly adhered to.
“We want to reassure the community that there are procedures for exposing staff. All areas considered a risk are cleaned and disinfected,” said Smuts.
Mediclinic says managers will do daily check-ins with staff and offer counselling where needed.