Another Western Cape police station, this time in the Overstrand, was evacuated and disinfected after a police officer tested positive for Covid-19.
Brig. Donovan Heilbron, group police chief for the Overberg area, confirmed this on Sunday.
Brig. National Police spokesman Vish Naidoo said on Monday that the Hermanus police station would be closed for 48 hours after one of its members announced on Sunday that he had been tested positive for the Covid 19.
“The building is currently being disinfected. The charge office was moved to a mobile building opposite the police station so that service delivery could continue. “
Naidoo also said measures have been put in place to ensure that operational duties are not compromised.
Reinard Geldenhuys, disaster manager for the Overberg District Municipality, said the fire department and other members working with dangerous substances and objects were sent to disinfect the building and vehicles.
However, police also sent their own contractors on Monday before the police station could be used again.
The police officer recently began to feel ill after which he was tested. His test results were received on Sunday and he immediately brought them to the attention of the police management. The police station was immediately evacuated and all police officers there were immediately informed.
All police officers who were in direct contact with the police officer were also immediately asked to go into self-isolation and to monitor their condition over the next few days.
Police are now tracking members of the community who have been in contact with the police officer. The people were also asked to go into self-isolation and monitor themselves.