Update on the coronavirus by Premier Alan Winde - 11 January

As of 1pm on 11 January, the Western Cape has 44 303 active cases of COVID-19, with a total of 240 233 confirmed cases and 187 611 recoveries.

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases

240 233

Total recoveries

187 611

Total deaths

8319

Total active cases (currently infected patients)

44 303

Total number of tests

1115741

Hospital admissions 3323 of which 374 are in ICU or high care
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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

 154762

 123211

Cape Winelands District Municipality

 29162

 21463

Central Karoo District Municipality

 2042

 1606

Garden Route District Municipality

30139

25480

Overberg District Municipality

10731

 7478

West Coast District Municipality

 9726

6699

Unallocated

3671

1674

Total

240233

187611

 Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

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Sub-districts

Cases

Recoveries

Western

24463

 19447

Southern

 25133

 19644

Klipfontein

 14708

 12084

Mitchells Plain

 15183

 12440

Tygerberg

 25289

 19821

Khayelitsha

11312

9881

Eastern

22447

17531

Northern

16227

12363

 Sub Districts Non-Metro:

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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

154762

123211

Cape Winelands District Municipality

29162

21463

Breede Valley

7428

5442

Drakenstein

8857

6369

Langeberg

3557

2671

Stellenbosch

5071

3880

Witzenberg

4249

3101

Central Karoo District Municipality

2042

1606

Beaufort West

1615

1301

Laingsburg

212

164

Prince Albert

215

141

Garden Route District Municipality

30139

25480

Bitou

2491

2121

George

10819

9419

Hessequa

1583

1066

Kannaland

656

445

Knysna

4474

3962

Mossel Bay

6686

5718

Oudtshoorn

3430

2749

Overberg District Municipality

10731

7478

Cape Agulhas

1343

932

Overstrand

4021

2847

Swellendam

1400

819

Theewaterskloof

3967

2880

West Coast District Municipality

9726

6699

Bergriver

1193

722

Cederberg

493

303

Matzikama

1432

966

Saldanha Bay

2962

2121

Swartland

3646

2587

Unallocated

3671

1674

The Western Cape has recorded 141 additional deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 8319. We send our condolences to their loved ones at this time.

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. Access the data dashboard here: https://coronavirus.westerncape.gov.za/covid-19-dashboard

Due to a data delay, and a difference in timing in when the data for this statement was accessed, there is a slight difference in the data presented here and the data on the dashboard today. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Stellenbosch hospital visit:

This morning, I had the opportunity to visit Stellenbosch Hospital to see the innovative steps they have taken in the fight against COVID-19.

The team at the facility have turned a training facility into a 25 bed COVID-19 ward, creating a separate space for COVID-19 patients. About half of these beds are currently in use.

In their testing facility, doctors designed a system to improve testing safety and reduce donning and doffing of PPE. This includes the use of negative air pressure in the consultation rooms and using a physical glass barrier between the person conducting the test and the person being tested (see attached picture of Premier Winde and Minister Mbombo demonstrating how it works).

A patient will sit on one side of this barrier, and the health care worker on the other. The person conducting the test will insert their hands into gloves to conduct the test. The patient will then on their side package the test sample,sanitise their hands and hand it back. 

Hospital management have indicated that this has worked well in practice and it has reduced the need for full PPE. This is an added bonus as the team are currently testing more people than they did in the first wave.

The hospital also works closely with hospitals in the surrounding areas, including Paarl and Sonstraal hospitals, to ensure that those who need additional care, or step-down facilities, are transported by EMS staff.

I would like to thank all of the staff at the Stellenbosch hospital, and the EMS teams, for the dedication and care with which they have served their community.

Throughout the pandemic, we have seen how health care workers and officials have innovated to improve the system in a way that will create a lasting legacy in our healthcare system. This kind of innovation makes us better and more responsive as a government.

Support behind the frontlines:

While our health care workers are fighting COVID-19 on the front lines, there are teams of officials working behind the scenes to ensure that our systems are running optimally, and we have all the necessary supplies. The Department of Health's purchasing teams have worked throughout the festive period, a time when many suppliers were closed for the holidays. 

An example of this is the purchase of patient trolleys which are an essential item to ensure sick patients can be treated while waiting to be admitted.  Days before New Year’s Eve, the teams  got the suppliers to open their doors, calling their staff back from leave, to deliver the necessary trolleys by 2 January.  

Since the start of the pandemic, our supply chain management teams have also been liaising directly with manufacturers to ensure continuity of supply of respirators and sufficient PPE supplies.

Since the beginning of the pandemic the department procured over 19 million pairs of gloves, over 10 million masks, and millions of other PPE items. Through proactive procurement, based on current figures, the department projects adequate buffer stock for the next 3 months. 

The Western Cape Department of Health also needed to move its bulk storage facility to new premises at Tygerberg Hospital. This involved moving over 1000 pallets of PPE, while also refurbishing the new warehouse. Between 15 December and New Year’s weekend 850 pallets were moved to a refurbished bulk PPE Store on the Tygerberg Hospital campus and ten dedicated individuals worked throughout the New Year's weekend to ensure the new stores were ready to operate.

As we have opened up additional beds, installed additional bulk oxygen tanks and new wards, we also required additional nursing staff, cleaning staff and security. These must be appointed on contract and follow strict regulations. Ad hoc quotation committees and bid adjudication committees, in line with supply chain processes, were therefore convened at extremely sourt notice to provide necessary governance and oversight of the procurement processes. Interventions with nursing agencies took place to assist in placement of nurses (particularly in rural areas). Processing these also took place in record time.

Co-ordinating our provincial response to COVID-19 is a mammoth task involving thousands of people and many moving parts. I would therefore like to pay tribute to all of those people working behind the scenes to ensure that our frontline staff have the tools and equipment to save lives and to protect themselves, and that we are appointing additional frontline workers to boost our response.