NEWS & ANALYSIS

754 Covid-19 hospitalisations in WCape – Alan Winde

Premier says 178 in ICU or high care, with 9 deaths reported

Media Release: Update on the coronavirus by Premier Alan Winde

4 September 2020

As of 1pm on 4 September, the Western Cape has 3058 active cases of COVID-19, with a total of 105 697 confirmed cases and 98689 recoveries.

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases

105697

Total recoveries

98 689

Total deaths

3950

Total active cases (currently infected patients)

3058

Tests conducted

487455

Hospitalisations

754 with 178 in ICU or high care

Cape Metro Sub-districts:

 Sub-district

Cases

 

Recoveries

Western

9251

 8726

Southern

9530

 8872

Northern

6596

6252

Tygerberg

13143

 12426

Eastern

10030

 9384

Klipfontein

9085

 8333

Mitchells Plain

8525

 8000

Khayelitsha

8258

 7773

Total

74418

69766

Sub-districts:

 District

 Sub-district

Cases

Recoveries

Garden Route

Bitou

582

537

Garden Route

Knysna

1380

1281

Garden Route

George

3370

3101

Garden Route

Hessequa

275

251

Garden Route

Kannaland

111

106

Garden Route

Mossel Bay

2182

2010

Garden Route

Oudsthoorn

1228

962

Cape Winelands

Stellenbosch

2001

1882

Cape Winelands

Drakenstein

4234

3973

Cape Winelands

Breede Valley

3304

3080

Cape Winelands

Langeberg

1116

1040

Cape Winelands

Witzenberg

1549

1413

Overberg

Overstrand

1539

1460

Overberg

Cape Agulhas

272

252

Overberg

Swellendam

292

261

Overberg

Theewaterskloof

1147

1079

West Coast

Bergrivier

412

377

West Coast

Cederberg

162

150

West Coast 

Matzikama

347

289

West Coast

Saldanha Bay Municipality

1349

1265

West Coast

Swartland

1502

1384

Central Karoo

Beaufort West

530

439

Central Karoo

Laingsburg

130

107

Central Karoo

Prince Albert

22

14

Unallocated: 2243 (2210 recovered)

Data note: It is not always possible to check and verify that the address data supplied for each new recorded case is correct, within the time frames required to provide regular and timely updates. This means that in some instances, cases could be allocated to the wrong sub-districts. We are working with the sub-districts to clean and verify the data and where errors are picked up locally, cases will be re-allocated to the correct areas. 

More data is available here: https://coronavirus.westerncape.gov.za/covid-19-dashboard

The Western Cape has recorded an additional 9 deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 3950. We send our condolences to their family and friends at this time.

*Note to members of the media: Going forward, we will no longer be releasing these updates on weekends. The data will be available on the online dashboard which is updated daily after 1pm.

Travel safety:

September is Tourism Month in South Africa, and the weekend is a good opportunity to support the Western Cape's attractions, restaurants and tourism businesses. Tourism is a major job creator in the province, and with many of these activities now allowed under alert level 2, I encourage those who are able to, to get out and support a local business. This must however be done safely and these safety tips can help to keep you safe and businesses open.

1) If you feel unwell, or if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19- stay at home.

2) Whether you're at home or out of town, the golden rules all still apply.

3) Wear your mask whenever you are out in public, and if you are planning to overnight somewhere, or spend multiple days away, ensure that you have spare, clean masks or laundry detergent to wash them.

4) If you're driving, make sure that you wash or sanitize your hands thoroughly before and after entering rest stops, shops or at petrol stations.

5) If you are flying, minimize contact by checking in online and having your boarding pass sent to your smartphone. You will need to abide by all of the rules and screening procedures in place in airports and on flights, so give yourself enough time to do this.

6) Wherever you are, whether you are queuing to enter an attraction or pay in a shop, or when choosing a table in a restaurant, ensure that there is a space of at least 1.5 metres between you and any other person.

7) If you encounter a business which is not abiding by the rules, you can lodge a complaint here: https://coronavirus.westerncape.gov.za/covid-19-business-safety-complaint-form

Medicine deliveries:

At the start of the pandemic, the Department of Health in the Western Cape introduced an innovative idea to deliver medicines to patients at home. This would not only help protect vulnerable groups by ensuring that they could stay home, but it also played a role in de-congesting our healthcare facilities.

The deliveries to patients' homes are done by community healthcare workers in the area. Since the start of the project over 560 000 medicine parcels have been successfully delivered to patients across the province-ensuring that they can continue taking the necessary medications.

The medicines are delivered to stable, chronic, adult patients. The majority of patients receive medications for non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, and hypertension, with some TB and HIV patients also receiving their treatment this way.

The community healthcare workers who deliver the parcels are also able to do COVID-19 and basic health screenings and refer people who may need further medical attention to the appropriate healthcare facility.

This is an innovation that contributes to the health and wellness of the people of this province and which the Department of Health intends to continue beyond COVID-19. 

Issued by Western Cape Office of the Premier, 4 September 2020