An old age home in Goodwood has recorded a total of 52 new positive COVID-19 cases, of which 35 are residents and 17 are staff members. Manager of Protea Home for the Aged Andre Verster, however, seems hopeful that the intensity of the virus is decreasing.

According to News24, the old age home began testing residents in its frail care section earlier in the month following the coronavirus-related deaths of four residents. The 52 cases were discovered, and all affected were placed in isolation.

A 97-year-old at the Protea Home for the Aged is among the 52 who tested positive for the virus and is currently being hospitalised, Verster strongly believes the nonagenarian will survive the virus.

He told News24, the COVID-19 positive people are on day nine of isolation, and were asymptomatic. The isolation period will end this week on Thursday, July 2.

About 250 residents at the retirement facility on the grounds will also receive mass testing this week. Many old age homes across the Cape have reported COVID-19 cases, and even deaths. In May, forty people tested positive for coronavirus at the Highlands House Cape Jewish Aged Home in Vredehoek. 

Nazareth House, another old age home in Cape Town, confirmed 15 COVID-19 infections in the same week.

The Western Cape has had 60 195 confirmed cases, of which 15 822 are active cases and 42 636 infected people have recovered. Deaths in the province have risen to  1737.

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