5 974 Active Cases in Garden Route District with 411 active cases in Oudtshoorn

THE Garden Route District has a total of 51 300 confirmed COVID-19 cases – an increase of 3003 cases from last week.  The district now has 5 974 active cases with George the highest active cases per 100 000 people.  Second is Mossel Bay.

The George Hospital remains under pressure, with 84 Covid patients in hospital. 22 patients are in critical care. The Harry Comay Hospital, as step-down facility for the George Hospital, also remains under pressure.  There are now 24 patients in the two wards.

All district hospitals are very busy with an increase in admissions.  The supply of oxygen to hospitals is sufficient.

Vaccination programme

The Garden Route District has this week received fewer vaccines from the National Government than anticipated. The department is however working behind the scenes to ensure additional vaccines to be able to sustain the high demand.

Some vaccination sites are therefor under pressure and the support and patience of residents are requested. “We continue to do everything possible to get available supplies to every corner of the province, and our staff are working extremely hard to provide you with an excellent vaccine service,” says Nadia Ferreira, spokesperson for the Deparrement of Health in the province.

The priority for walk-ins remains the same:

Priority 1: People 60 years and older requiring their 1st and 2nd dose of Pfizer vaccine.

Priority 2: People aged 50-59 years requiring their 1st dose of Pfizer vaccine.

Priority 3. People aged 35 – 49 requiring their 1st dose of Pfizer vaccine.

Vaccinations on the day will be guided by local demand at that specific site.

To register visit http://vaccine.enroll.health.gov.za/#/ or go to www.westerncape.gov.za and click on the link to register or  WhatsApp the word REGISTER to 0600123456 or Dial *134*832# from any SA network for free.