Health department offers quarantine alternative

South Africa - Lockdown - Pretoria - 29 March 2020 - A picture of hand glove and a face mask that symbolises the prevention of the spread of the deadly Coronavirus shot on the bacground of a graffitti that says God Bless Africa at corner Nelson Mandela drive and Helen Joseph street. Picture: Oupa Mokoena/African News Agency (ANA)

If you have tested positive for coronavirus you need to isolate.

And if you have symptoms or have come into close contact with someone who has coronavirus you need to quarantine, even if you have not been tested.

The provincial Department of Health can help with comfortable and safe alternative accommodation if you are unable to self-isolate.

“We will provide transport, meals, and a laundry service,” said Maret Lesch, spokesperson for the provincial Department of Health.

She said it was vital to quarantine or isolate to protect those most vulnerable for coronavirus, like the elderly or those who have long-standing illnesses.

Those who live in the Northern/Tygerberg health sub-district can contact 021 815 8892/3 or email Tina.Swarts@westerncape.gov.za or Jerome.Samson@westerncape.gov.za for more information.

* Suburbs in the Northern sub-district include Philadelphia, Klipheuwel, Fisantekraal, Richwood, Bothasig, Edgemead, Monte Vista, Plattekloof, Welgelegen, Panorama, Northgate, Door De Kraal, Eversdal, Durbanville, Stellenbosch University satellite campus, Welgemoed, Loevenstein, Hoheizen, Bellville Park, Oakdale, Kenridge, Joostenbergvlakte, Bloekombos, Northpine, Kraaifontein, Cape Gate, Okavango, Morgenster and Brackenfell.

Suburbs in Tygerberg sub-district include Ruyterwacht, Elsies River, Ravensmead, Bishop Lavis, Delft, Bellville South, Bellville, Parow, Goodwood, Belhar, Matroosfontein and Uitsig.