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A description of events surrounding the index COVID-19 diagnosis in a staff member at Kalafong Provincial Tertiary Hospital in Gauteng, South Africa

Indiran Govender, Keorapetse M.O. Masilo, Olga M. Maphasha, Sello Matjila
South African Family Practice | Vol 62, No 1 : Part 4| a5196 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/safp.v62i1.5196 | © 2020 Indiran Govender, Keorapetse A.O. Masilo, Olga M. Maphasha, Sello Matjila | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 20 July 2020 | Published: 16 November 2020

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Indiran Govender, Department of Family Medicine, University of Pretoria and Kalafong Provincial Tertiary Hospital, Pretoria, South Africa
Keorapetse M.O. Masilo, Department of Family Medicine, University of Pretoria and Kalafong Provincial Tertiary Hospital, Pretoria, South Africa
Olga M. Maphasha, Department of Family Medicine, University of Pretoria and Kalafong Provincial Tertiary Hospital, Pretoria, South Africa
Sello Matjila, Department of Family Medicine, University of Pretoria and Kalafong Provincial Tertiary Hospital, Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

The ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic presented a huge challenge to the health systems across the world. When the virus hit South Africa, and the state of national disaster was announced by the president, the healthcare system had to work on its COVID-19 response preparedness. Initially, a few hospitals were then designated facilities for managing COVID-19 patients. Kalafong Hospital, which was not amongst a list of designated facilities for COVID-19 was forced to evaluate its level of preparedness after an intern doctor tested positive. The objectives of this report are to illustrate the hospital’s response around the management of the index case to share our facility’s general response to the pandemic.

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Kalafong Hospital; Tertiary Hospital; Gauteng; SARS-CoV 2; COVID-19

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