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GetSavvi Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Health • 19 March 2020

Avoid Coronavirus when you have to leave home

3 April 2020

South Africa is keeping safe with a 21-day lockdown where we should stay inside our homes and only go out for essentials like food or medication.

We’ve put together a list of steps that you can take to avoid the risk of contracting COVID-19 when leaving home to get your essentials.

Use your elbow, knuckles or even cover your finger with a tissue when you’re pressing the elevator button or punching in your pin code at the ATM.

When you’re out to either do grocery shopping or buying medication at your local pharmacy, be sure to keep your distance from others.

Avoid paying with cash at all costs.

Avoid picking up fresh produce at the grocery store with your bare hands and putting it back on the shelf. If you need to inspect your fruits and vegetables to make sure they’re ripe, grab a plastic bag (used to store the fresh produce) and cover your hand while you test them.

Rather opt for a friendly smile or if you need to greet a person, reach out your elbow as a sign of affection.

When you get home, leave the grocery bags with your groceries outside of your home and use disinfectant on a cloth and wipe down every item before you bring it inside your home.

It’s crucial that you wash your hands with soap and water as soon as you get home.

Read the full blog with accompanying video tutorial on Grocery Shopping Tips by clicking here.

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21-Day Lockdown

24 March 2020

As a country, we are all facing a challenging time managing and limiting the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

GetSavvi Health would like to update you on our approach to the pandemic and our response to President Ramaphosa’s declaration of a three-week lockdown.

Nation-wide lockdown and how it will affect you

What does lockdown mean?

Lockdown is an emergency protocol that requires South Africans to stay at home except for essential purposes. The goal of a nation-wide lockdown is to avoid the spread of the virus and to save the lives of South Africans.

South Africa will go on lockdown midnight on Thursday 26 March until midnight 16 April.

What essential services will be available?

Grocery stores, pharmacies, banks and other essential services will remain open.

This means you will be able to do the following under lockdown:

All non-essential activities are suspended and those who do not adhere to it can be punished with imprisonment for up to one month or a fine.

How the lockdown will influence our operational hours

We continue to closely monitor the development of the COVID-19 outbreak and remain alert regarding potential risks to our business. The President provided details on the actions being taken by the Government to stop the spread of this virus and the role that businesses need to play in protecting our communities.

As our valued members, we want to reassure you that Operations will continue as normal but we have implemented the following precautions:

  1. While some staff members will be allowed/required to work from home, we will keep service levels up to standard for as long as possible. Our performance will be monitored continuously.
  2. Should the situation require any level of quarantine or self-isolation for an extended period, we will still be able to provide all the contracted services via remote access.

    Our operating hours during lockdown are:

    • Mondays to Fridays, 08h00-15h00
    • Saturdays and Sunday, closed
    • We encourage members to email us at talktous@getsavvi.co.za where our staff will respond promptly.
    • Walk-in members will be discouraged from entering the building, and your details will be taken by security so that we can make contact with you.

  3. We will be limiting meetings and travelling. Staff have been requested to rather engage clients by email correspondence.
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New Government regulations to curb Coronavirus spread

20 March 2020

On Thursday 19 March, The South African Government announced additional regulations to help slow down the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19):

  1. No person with COVID-19 confirmed or suspected may refuse medical examinations, profilaxis, treatment, isolation or quarantine.
  2. The sale, dispensing or transportation of alcohol beverages are prohibited from 6pm-9am, Monday to Saturday and 1pm-9am, Sundays and public holidays.
  3. Suspension of public visits to correctional centres, detention facilities, holding cells, military detention facilities and department of social development will be applied for 30 days. This may be extended.
  4. Early Childhood Development Centres will be closed from 18 March to 25 April. This may be extended.
  5. Anyone that creates or spreads fake news about COVID-19 will be liable for prosecution.
  6. Public gatherings are restricted to under 100 people.
  7. Emergency procurement policy will be put in place where government departments identify and establish quarantine sites and acquire, recruit and train professional health workers.
  8. Government has the authority to issue directions to address, prevent and curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus by The Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Basic and Higher Education, Police, Social Development and others.
  9. The Department of Defence is to make available manpower, stores, equipment, ships, aircraft platforms, vehicles and facilities to support government departments to prevent and manage COVID-19 essential services delivery.

Source: https://sacoronavirus.co.za/2020/03/19/regulations-to-prevent-the-spread-of-covid-19/

Full List of People Infected with Coronavirus (COVID-19): www.nicd.ac.za/covid-19-update-21/

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Corona (COVID-19) Toolkit

Important links
Official Provincial Coronavirus websites
What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases.

Novel coronavirus 2019 (that causes COVID-19) was first detected in Wuhan, China, and is the virus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness.

What are the Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms may appear in as few as two or as long as 14 days after exposure:

Get tested if you show symptoms and have:

What to do if you develop flu-like symptoms
Where can I get tested?

Here's a list of the places across the country you can visit to get tested if you suspect you have been infected with the virus. Please note: Only do so if instructed by the government hotline or advice of a health practitioner.

Click here, for the full list of places to get tested in South Africa. 

Where can I get more information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

If you’re concerned, call the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) general public hotline on 0800-029-999, Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm.

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