Panic and anxiety has gripped the Naas community in Mpumalanga after a nurse continued to interact with staff and patients while awaiting her Covid-19 test results, which came back positive three days later.
The health department yesterday shut the Naas Community Health Centre for disinfection and activated the national Covid-19 track and trace protocols to find those who came into close contact with the nurse.
The nurse did not inform the facility about testing positive and the department was notified by the national health laboratory that there was a positive case in the facility.
In another incident, the results of an official at the Boschfontein clinic in Malelane returned positive on the final day of the 14-day quarantine – which the department has blamed on the initial results backlog.
Fellow staff members were alarmed when the health worker arrived for work even though the test was positive and two colleagues subsequently also tested positive, forcing the department to shut and disinfect the clinic yesterday.
This could be a blow for the province, which has the third lowest Covid-19 cases, in spite of claims about nurses being forced to work while awaiting their results and concerns about infections among nurses.