This week, the Metro will be establishing two more COVID-19 Ward Based Rapid Response Task Teams. Two ward based teams were established last week.
The teams are being set up in 10 hotspot wards that have the highest number of COVID-19 cases.
The wards have been identified by the Department of Health in order to strengthen interventions at community level. The identified wards are Ward 4, 9, 16, 19, 22, 23, 28, 37, 42, 46. Consultations are underway with ward councillors and ward committees.
The Municipality is working together with Cogta and the Provincial Department of Health and has already launched structures in Ward 22, Mdantsane and Ward 46, Santa.
Whilst the Municipality is undertaking awareness campaigns and updating COVID-19 related statistics weekly on community radio stations and social media, it has been recognized that there needs to be a shift in approach.
In order to influence behavioural change, the ward based teams will be trained in order to assist in awareness campaigns, contact tracing and sharing of positive information around the virus.
The Municipality wants to get across that the Buffalo City Metro has one of the highest recovery rates in the province and also has recorded a less fatality rate.
As at 22 July 2020, the BCM COVID-19 Command Centre updates reflected that in the Metro there were 16 274 Confirmed cases, 12 867 Recoveries, 3 224 Active Cases and 183 deaths.
To date, the mass screening and testing teams have screened approximately 239 218 people. Up to 56 157 tests have been conducted as on 21 July 2020, which is another significant jump from the 48 300 that was last reported.
The meetings will be held as follows:
Date: Wednesday 29 July 2020
Venue Cambridge Hall
Date: Thursday, 30 July 2020
Venue: Sinebhongo Creche