The COVID-19 tracing, home screening and testing programme will reportedly start on Monday 6 April in Khayelitsha, Bo-Kaap, Bishop Lavis, Mossel Bay and the Cape Winelands.
Community screening and testing will reportedly start in the following areas:
Cape Town Metro sub-districts
- Khayelitsha: Town2 and Ilitha Park (Monday)
- Eastern: Happy Valley (Monday)
- Western: Bo-Kaap (Tuesday)
- Tygerberg: Bishop Lavis (Monday)
- Klipfontein: Philippi (Tuesday)
- Kwanonqaba, Mossel Bay (Monday)
- Mbekweni, Cape Winelands (Monday)
Reports state that screening and testing will be expanded to other vulnerable communities and areas at high risk for local transmission.
Screening will be conducted in a door-to-door fashion, by trained field workers using simple verbal questions.
Fieldworkers will and should have ID tags and identifiable clothing. The South African Police Service (SAPS) will accompany the field-workers to ensure a smooth operation and protection.
Health MEC, Nomafrench Mbombo said, “Testing will be done if the questions indicate that you require a further test. The health worker will refer you to the closest testing centre. The test will be done by taking a swab from your nose and throat.”
“This will either be done in a clinic, or in a mobile parked in your area. Test results will not be immediately available but patients will be followed up and advised of their status,”
Individuals are asked to do the following to assist the process:
- Kindly welcome health workers when screening
- Answer all questions honestly.
- Remember the 5 Golden rules: Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, keep surfaces clean, do not touch your face, cough and sneeze in your elbow fold, keep 1,5m away from people, and stay at home
- Please co-operate fully and support family who need testing
Communities can do the following to assist the process:
- Please encourage people to be screened and tested
- Look out for health workers who have official dentification and branded clothing
- Please support our health workers and keep them safe
- Please help to keep communities clean and encourage good behaviour
- Don’t be afraid of testing or potential sick people.
- Please support the elderly and children.
Important numbers to remember:
- National Hotline: 0800 029 999
- Provincial hotline: 021 928 4102
- WhatsApp “hi” to 0600 123 456