The Gardens Mediclinic is reportedly closed for new admissions as a number of healthcare workers have tested positive for COVID-19. A total of 26 people have tested positive at the hospital, and 15 of these are healthcare professionals.

A total of 300 people have been tested as a precautionary measure.

“Mediclinic can confirm that following the identification of a number of Mediclinic Cape Town healthcare workers and other service providers that tested positive for COVID-19, nearly 300 potential contacts have been tested, with the majority of these returning negative results,” said Dr Stefan Smuts to the Cape Times. Smuts is the chief clinical officer of Mediclinic Southern Africa.

“Currently, 26 individuals have tested positive, including 15 healthcare workers. The individuals in question are all currently in isolation and will remain so until they are fully recovered.┬áTesting has been expanded and will continue until everyone on site has been tested, including all patients, doctors, employees and service providers based at the hospital.”

According to Smuts, all those “involved” will be in isolation until they have recovered fully. Arrangements have been made for staff members who need to be accommodated during the process.
He added that the hospital group acted as quickly as possible to limit the risk.
“We want to reassure the community that there are procedures for exposing staff. All areas considered a risk are cleaned and disinfected,” said Smuts.

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