Update on the coronavirus and vaccination roll out - 19 July

As at 1pm on 19 July 2021, the Western Cape had 33 112 active COVID-19 infections, with a total number of 366 237 COVID-19 cases to date and 319 202 recoveries.

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases

366 237

Total recoveries

319 202

Vaccines administered  779 698  

Total deaths

13 923

Total active cases (currently infected patients)

33 112

Total number of tests

1 935 982

Hospital admissions 2833 of which 656 are in ICU or high care
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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

226014

 197728

Cape Winelands District Municipality

46216

40655

Central Karoo District Municipality

2926

2485

Garden Route District Municipality

45210

38280

Overberg District Municipality

16951

14834

West Coast District Municipality

 19604

16582

Unallocated

5216

4115

Reinfections

4231

4231

Total

366237

319202

 Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

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Sub-districts

Cases

Recoveries

Western

37283

 33141

Southern

37487

 32957

Klipfontein

19834

17165

Mitchells Plain

 20748

17847

Tygerberg

 37592

 32667

Khayelitsha

12758

11684

Eastern

33900

29557

Northern

26412

22710

 Sub Districts Non-Metro:

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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

226014

197728

Cape Winelands District Municipality

46216

40655

Breede Valley

10590

9618

Drakenstein

16318

13811

Langeberg

5080

4484

Stellenbosch

8659

7694

Witzenberg

5569

5048

Central Karoo District Municipality

2926

2485

Beaufort West

2282

1933

Laingsburg

315

268

Prince Albert

329

284

Garden Route District Municipality

45210

38280

Bitou

3142

2907

George

16742

13759

Hessequa

2631

2167

Kannaland

1121

935

Knysna

5857

5180

Mossel Bay

10836

9139

Oudtshoorn

4881

4193

Overberg District Municipality

16951

14834

Cape Agulhas

1941

1677

Overstrand

7015

6072

Swellendam

2573

2219

Theewaterskloof

5422

4866

West Coast District Municipality

19604

16582

Bergriver

2922

2494

Cederberg

1290

1086

Matzikama

2840

2571

Saldanha Bay

5721

4827

Swartland

6831

5604

Unallocated

4481

3645

By 5pm on 16 July 2021, the Western Cape Government had administered a cumulative total of 779 698 vaccines to healthcare workers, staff in the education sector and those who are in the eligible age brackets.

The current 7-day moving average is 74 deaths per day.

Additional data is available on the Western Cape COVID-19 data dashboard which also features active cases per sub-district, active cases per 100 000 and 7-day moving averages. To view the Dashboard, visit: https://coronavirus.westerncape.gov.za/covid-19-dashboard

You can also view the Western Cape Government’s vaccine registration dashboard by visiting: https://coronavirus.westerncape.gov.za/vaccine-dashboard

Message from Department of Health on protecting loved one with Diabetes during third wave

Persons living with diabetes are at risk of severe COVID-19 if they become infected. In fact, the severity of COVID-19 is tripled in the diabetes community. Persons who have poor glucose control (fasting blood glucose >7.8 mmol/L, HbA1c>7%)) are particularly at risk. With coronavirus infections increasing in the Western Cape, Tygerberg and Groote Schuur Hospitals are urging people with diabetes to seek care without delay if COVID-19 is suspected. Those with diabetes who qualify for the COVID-19 vaccine are encouraged to get it.

Diabetes is a lifelong condition that affects how the body gets energy from food, resulting in too much sugar in the blood if diabetes medication is not used and if lifestyle changes are not made.  High blood sugar causes havoc in the body leading to high blood pressure, strokes, heart attacks, kidney failure, blindness and amputations – all of which can be prevented with good blood sugar control and healthy living.

According to the International Diabetes Federation, 463 million people have diabetes in the world and about 4.5 million in South Africa (12.8% of our population). Experts are of the opinion that this is a gross underestimation, and it is believed that 3 out of 5 South-Africans with diabetes are not yet diagnosed. You may have diabetes without knowing it if you are overweight, inactive, older than 45 years are/ or if you have a strong family history. Thus, it is of utter importance to visit your healthcare facility if you are at risk and not to wait until you have symptoms of diabetes.

A total of 40% of all COVID-19 admissions to Groote Schuur Hospital have been persons living with diabetes, according to Prof Joel Dave, Head of the Division of Endocrinology at Groote Schuur Hospital. “Persons living with diabetes are usually older and obese, and age and obesity is a major risk factor for more severe COVID. It is very important to control diabetes to prevent complications. Medication, lifestyle choices and following COVID protection measures are all essential for this.”

Dr Ankia Coetzee, an endocrinologist at Tygerberg Hospital, encourages persons to take care of their diabetes at home by looking after their feet to prevent ulcers and trying to lose weight if they can. “It is important that they check their glucose regularly and discuss it with their healthcare worker if it is over 10mmol/L or under 4mmol/L on finger prick. It is advisable to increase the frequency of your blood glucose fingerprick testing if you feel unwell and/or have COVID-19.”

Contact your healthcare facility if:

 

  • Immediately
    • You have low blood sugar (finger prick glucose <4mmol/L and/or symptoms of hypoglycemia if you don’t have a glucometer) that does not improve or occurs more than once.
    • You need assistance to recover from an episode of low blood sugar.
    • Your blood sugar exceeds 13.8 mmol/L and you feel unwell.
    • You start vomiting and/or have fast breathing (it can indicate a hyperglycemic emergency).
  • Urgently
    • You have a sore on your foot.
    • You need help with taking or getting your medication.
    • You have an appointment for a check-up.

 

WhatsApp 081 578 6636 for more diabetes information and support.

Take care of yourself and stay safe this winter.

 

Over one million people have so far registered for their COVID-19 vaccine

Over one million people have now registered for their COVID-19 vaccine: with 318 122 residents in the 35 to 49 age-bracket; 259 208 residents aged 50 to 59 and 448 186 over 60s who have registered.

I would like to thank everyone who has so far registered, and to encourage others in these age brackets to do the same.

The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective and provides excellent protection against serious illness and death.

For more information, you can call our contact centre on 0860 142 142, or check our vaccine website, https://coronavirus.westerncape.gov.za/vaccine/