The death toll from Covid-19 in the Oude Westhof Retirement Center’s health care center in the northern suburbs of Cape Town has risen to four.
A shocked resident, who wants to remain anonymous, on Tuesday told how much it is difficult to see how strollers drive in and out of the retirement village.
Gerhard van der Merwe, manager of the Bellville retirement village, confirmed on Tuesday that three more residents, who were treated at the health center, died on the weekend. This comes after the death last week of Duifie Theunissen, 77, about whom Rapport reported Sunday.
Van der Merwe says he has no more information on the age of the elderly or exactly when they died.
After Theunissen was tested positive for the coronavirus before her death, the 34 residents who were in the health care center at that time were also tested and 21 were tested positive.
There are 208 residential units in the retirement village that are separate from the health care center. Residents of the housing units were not tested for the virus, but were asked to isolate themselves. Access control at the resort has been very strict since the start of the restriction and guests are not allowed.
A total of 25 staff members of the center were tested positive for the coronavirus. Van der Merwe says shifts had to be worked out and additional staff were hired from agencies to serve at the health center.