29 April 2020
The South African Department of Health have confirmed that there are 4 996 COVID-19 cases, with a total of 93 related deaths.
Here’s a summary of each province and the amount of citizens that have tested positive for COVID-19:
This is a developing story, constantly updated throughout. Last updated: 29 April 2020
Amidst the growing number of infections, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a five-level risk adjustment strategy which will slowly ease the country’s lockdown restrictions from 1 May.
Click here for a summary of the five stages of alert: https://www.gov.za/sites/default/files/gcis_documents/stages.jpg
21 April 2020
The South African Government has recently acknowledged and is working on a growing issue: food scarcity for those less fortunate following a nationwide lockdown that will continue until the end of April.
President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation on Tuesday evening, 21 April, to discuss the Government’s future plans to find sustainable solutions to help the most vulnerable citizens weather the difficult times that are still to come.
We’ve put together a list of sources if you’d like to donate food or money to help the hunger crisis:
Here are a few more sources where you can keep up to date on the progress of the Coronavirus in SA:
16 April 2020
Take the Coronavirus (COVID-19) self-assessment test to determine your risk profile. Click here to take the test.
15 April 2020
GetSavvi Health members have access to the following benefits to help them during lockdown.
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8 April 2020
Well made cloth masks do not replace the 5 Golden Rules of Good Hygiene. They may offer
some extra protection if well made and used correctly.
Read more about cloth masks and the 5 Golden Rules of Good Hygiene by clicking here.
7 April 2020
President Cyril Ramaphosa recently announced a plan to send 10 000 field workers to people’s homes to screen for COVID-19 and send those who need further treatment to a mobile testing facility.
The Government is in the process of rolling out a screening, testing, tracing and medical management programme.
What is home screening?
Field workers will go from door-to-door to assess and screen you for the virus.
Each province has been given the go-ahead to start working on this strategy. We’ll keep you updated on the progress here at GetSavvi Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update.
Furthermore, the Government has purchased over 60 mobile testing facilities. The mobile units will be used for rapid testing and those who test positive will be quarantined.
Here is a list of the location of these mobile testing facilities. Please check back for updates on a testing facility in your vicinity.
[Updated: 7 April]
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Cape Town Metro sub-districts
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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.
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.
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.
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:
Our operating hours during lockdown are:
• Mondays to Fridays, 08h00-15h00
• Saturdays and Sunday, closed
• We encourage members to email us at email@example.com 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.
One of the key ways to make sure you stay healthy during a pandemic is by keeping your immune system in tiptop shape.
Our FeelBetterFast benefit offers our members immune support by giving them access to the following medication when they visit a pharmacy clinic:
Read our FeelBetterFast blog to learn how to make use of this benefit: FeelBetterFast with GetSavvi Health
20 March 2020
On Thursday 19 March, The South African Government announced additional regulations to help slow down the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19):
Full List of People Infected with Coronavirus (COVID-19): www.nicd.ac.za/covid-19-update-21/
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.
Symptoms may appear in as few as two or as long as 14 days after exposure:
Get tested if you show symptoms and have:
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.
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.