Two babies, 14 adults test positive for COVID-19 at KZN hospital

Health officials said the latest COVID-19 outbreak at the General Justice Gizenga Memorial Hospital - formerly known as Stanger Hospital - was concerning.

FILE: Medical swabs to test for the coronavirus. Picture: Eyewitness News.

DURBAN - Nine mothers, two babies, four doctors, and a nurse have tested positive for COVID-19 at the General Justice Gizenga Memorial Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal, prompting the facility to stop the admission of new patients on Tuesday.

Other health facilities that had previously taken a similar move in the province included Netcare’s St Augustine’s and Kingsway hospitals.

Health officials said the latest COVID-19 outbreak at the General Justice Gizenga Memorial Hospital - formerly known as Stanger Hospital - was concerning because it happened despite the implementation of infection prevention and control measures.

Personal protective equipment was also made available to staff.

It’s understood the first known case at the facility involved a mother who did not disclose that her husband had previously tested positive for coronavirus. The woman was housed at a lodge where other mothers soon tested positive. The hospital with 219 patients was turned into a quarantine site.

All those who have tested positive were placed in isolation while tracing teams were dispatched to search for those who could have come into contact with them.

The outbreak is being investigated by the provincial Health Department.

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