South Africa: Old Age Home Management Apologises to Panicked COVID-19 Positive Caregivers

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The co-owner of the Evergreen Care Centre for the elderly in Muizenberg has apologised for the manner in which management handled seven care workers who tested positive for Covid-19.

James Wilson, director of the Evergreen Care Centre in Muizenberg, faced criticism after the matron at the centre, Lee Hampton, reportedly told the workers they should go home and isolate themselves.

Six of the care workers were informed on Thursday, 28 May, about their Covid-19 positive status, and the seventh when she returned to work on Saturday.

One of the workers told Maverick Citizen that caregivers were told "some of them are from Khayelitsha and had brought the virus to the centre".

Another panicked worker, who refused to leave, locked herself in one of the rooms at the centre but was later forcibly removed. Volunteer social worker Lorriane Moko became aware of the situation and contacted ANC MP Hishaam Mohamed, who visited the centre and attempted to talk to management to defuse the situation.

According to Mohamed, caregivers were worried that they would not be able to self-isolate because they lived in informal structures in nearby Vrygrond and Khayelitsha.

He pointed out that these structures they lived in were not conducive...

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