NEWS & ANALYSIS

We should all be embracing the new normal – Alan Winde

WCape Premier says Covid-19 has forced us all to think differently about how we do things

Media Release: Update on the coronavirus by Premier Alan Winde

26 June 2020

As of 1pm on 26 June, the Western Cape has 14 628 active cases of COVID-19, with a total of 57 260 confirmed cases and 40 979  recoveries.

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases

57260

Total recoveries

40979

Total deaths

1653

Total active cases (currently infected patients)

14628

Tests conducted

287 735

Hospitalisations

1629 with 297 in ICU or high care

Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

Sub-district

Cases

Recoveries

Western

5019

3760

Southern

5199

3869

Northern

3644

2737

Tygerberg

7708

5888

Eastern

5227

3788

Klipfontein

5933

4437

Mitchells Plain

5067

3762

Khayelitsha

6302

5064

Total

44099

33295

Sub-districts:

 

District

 Sub-district

Cases

Recoveries

Garden Route

Bitou

52

17

Garden Route

Knysna

139

84

Garden Route

George

445

154

Garden Route

Hessequa

20

17

Garden Route

Kannaland

5

3

Garden Route

Mossel Bay

164

60

Garden Route

Oudsthoorn

55

19

Cape Winelands

Stellenbosch

932

579

Cape Winelands

Drakenstein

2360

1630

Cape Winelands

Breede Valley

1370

755

Cape Winelands

Langeberg

394

156

Cape Winelands

Witzenberg

606

412

Overberg

Overstrand

530

249

Overberg

Cape Agulhas

46

27

Overberg

Swellendam

44

22

Overberg

Theewaterskloof

372

205

West Coast

Bergrivier

182

134

​West Coast

​Cederberg

36

11

West Coast 

Matzikama

48

22

West Coast

Saldanha Bay Municipality

526

303

West Coast

Swartland

499

303

Central Karoo

Beaufort West

23

3

Unallocated: 4673 (2519 recovered)

Data note:  As the province moves closer to the peak and the Department of Health is recording over 1000 new cases daily, it is not possible to check and verify that the address data supplied for each new 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 34 deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 1653. We send our condolences to their loved ones at this time.

Innovation in healthcare:

The Western Cape is the only province with the same unique patient identifier across all of its health department services which makes it easy to access patient information and this level of technical innovation is also evident in the work the department is doing in the management of COVID-19.

Some of the innovative and technological advances currently in operation include:

-Our  CTICC Hospital of Hope is entirely paperless- meaning that there are no patient files, or pieces of paper which could be moved around and potentially spread the virus.

-Patients in the Western Cape are managed through our Bed Bureau system which creates statistics of bed occupation across our clinical platform.

-The Western Cape Government Health in conjunction with Aviro Health has developed an automated Chatbot application system via the WhatsApp platform, which confirms delivery of chronic medication to our clients’ homes. It also allows high-risk chronic patients to confirm an existing appointment before accessing services at their attending healthcare facility, which means they do not have to wait in long queues when going to a facility. 

-Two robots, Quintin and Salma, are part of a digitisation project at Tygerberg hospital, which uses cameras and tablets to monitor patients and capture their records, also helping to reduce infection in ICU wards.

Beyond the technical innovations which we have introduced, we have also introduced new systems and services which are aimed at making life simpler for our residents and our healthcare workers. The Red Dot Taxi service helps to keep our healthcare workers safe in specially equipped and regularly sanitized taxis. The Red Dot service also transports residents who need to go to our isolation and quarantine facilities. 

Our chronic healthcare medicine delivery service now also delivers medicine to stable chronic patients, reducing crowding in our healthcare facilities and at the same time protecting residents who fall into our risk categories.

COVID-19 has forced us all to think differently about how we do things, and has introduced a "new normal" for people around the world. These new systems could help us to provide better services to our residents, even after the threat of COVID-19 has passed.

We should all be embracing the new normal and determining how we can do things differently ourselves to help stop the spread, in addition to the golden rules of hygiene, sanitation, mas wearing and social distancing. 

Issued by Western Cape Office of the Premier, 26 April 2020