LEPHALALE — Lephalale is currently the town with the highest number of active COVID-19 cases in Limpopo. Lephalale had 83 active cases at the time of going to print. Polokwane is in second place with 73 cases. Seven COVID-19-related deaths were reported in Lephalale for the period March until October 2020.
Residents are urged not to “relax” about COVID-19 regulations and to still comply with all guidelines and precautions. Dr. Mariëtte Emslie, General Manager at Mediclinic Lephalale, and Dr. Leboho, Head of Institution at Ellisras District Hospital, agree that there is a definite increase in the amount of people testing positive for COVID-19.
Dr. Emslie and Dr. Leboho said, in their opinion, Lephalale is currently experiencing the expected surge of the virus. Dr. Leboho confirmed that many COVID-19 positive patients are being transferred to other hospitals. He could not confirm the current number of COVID-19 patients in Ellisras District Hospital.
Visitors are still not allowed at Mediclinic Lephalale. Exceptions are made in cases where the patient is terminally ill, when a child is admitted for treatment, or for childbirth.
According to Dr. Emslie, the beds in Mediclinic’s COVID-19 isolation ward have been full lately. Patients are being transferred daily to other hospitals with ICU facilities.
1 268 patients have been tested at Mediclinic Lephalale for the period 1 May to 3 November 2020. Of these, 88 patients have tested positive, and 95% have already recovered.
Mediclinic SA has a policy to randomly test its staff, doctors, and allied workers. During the period 1 May to 3 November, five of Mediclinic’s staff members tested positive, but all of them have already recovered, and are back at work.
Dr Emslie stressed that COVID-19 is a reality. She said everyone should please continue to wash their hands regularly, sanitise, wear masks, maintain social distance and avoid group events.