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Adherence to COVID-19 quarantine and isolation essential to limiting the spread<p>​</p><p>The City of Cape Town calls on residents who test positive for COVID-19 or suspect that they may have been exposed to the virus to please do their part in limiting further transmission.</p><p>Apart from health and hygiene protocols in place to avoid healthy persons from getting sick, there are also strict protocols set out for persons who acquire COVID-19.</p><p>‘Much of our focus is on the behaviour required to avoid transmission of COVID-19 when out in public. However, there is also an obligation on persons who have been exposed to the virus to ensure that they behave in a manner that limits the risk to those around them. We are receiving far too many reports of persons who are not adhering to the quarantine protocols, and even some who are not remaining in isolation after testing positive.</p><p>‘This is of extreme concern, because it increases the risk of infecting others, but also puts the person who is already sick and should be resting to aid their recovery at greater risk of severe illness,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Zahid Badroodien.</p><p>Persons are required to go into quarantine if they have no symptoms, but had close contact with someone who has COVID-19. Isolation is required where a person is not feeling well with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.</p><p>The City urges anyone in quarantine or isolation to please:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;"><strong>Stay home </strong><strong>except to get medical care</strong>. Do not go to work, school, church or any other public areas. Avoid using public transport. Ask others to do errands.</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;"><strong>Avoid contact with other people</strong> and pets as much as possible. Do not receive visitors. If living with others, stay in a specific room and use a separate bathroom if possible. Open windows and doors. If in same room as others, keep at least 1-2 meters apart.</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;"><strong>Clean and disinfect</strong> frequently touched objects and surfaces (phones, counters, bedside table, doorknobs, bathroom surfaces).</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;"><strong>Cover your mouth and nose </strong>with a tissue or your sleeve/elbow (not your hands) when coughing/sneezing. Immediately discard used tissues and wash your hands.</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;"><strong>Wash hands often</strong>, especially before handling food/after using toilet or coughing/sneezing. Avoid touching face, eyes, nose or mouth.</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;"><strong>Avoid sharing dishes</strong>, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding – after using these, wash them well.</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">If you have or develop symptoms of COVID-19, <strong>wear a face mask</strong> when in contact with others.</div></li></ul><p>‘COVID-19 is not consistent in how it presents, and therefore people who are positive may initially feel fine, which could influence them to continue moving around. We ask that they please stay home and limit contact with others as far as possible. We also urge them to watch for warning signs, especially after five to seven days. If you experience any shortness of breath, persistent chest pain or pressure, feel confused or experience worsening drowsiness, seek help urgently,’ added Councillor Badroodien.</p><p>Quarantine and isolation facilities have been made available for persons who are unable to self-isolate at home or who live with persons who are deemed high risk for developing severe illness if they contract COVID-19.</p><p>Any person who requires assistance with accessing such a facility should contact the Provincial Hotline on 021 928 4102.</p><p>Residents are also reminded that, in line with the new risk-stratified strategy adopted in the Western Cape, only persons who are deemed high risk are being tested.</p><p><strong>This includes</strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">persons with known co-morbidities and those older than 55, as they are more likely to develop complications that require hospitalisation</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">healthcare workers </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">persons admitted to hospital with COVID-19 symptoms to ensure that we are able to manage appropriately</div></li></ul><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2020-06-28T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#5fb0fd45-1240-41c9-aaeb-627cbd4a11ab;L0|#05fb0fd45-1240-41c9-aaeb-627cbd4a11ab|Health;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#42a5cfbc-fbfc-4ba8-9ff9-65b6e2a2d27d;L0|#042a5cfbc-fbfc-4ba8-9ff9-65b6e2a2d27d|Hygiene1


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