COVID-19: Here is how prepared the WC is for a crisis

The Western Cape government says it's prepared for the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, where daily hospital admissions in the hundreds are expected in the province.

The province is the country's epicentre of the novel virus, with over 10 000 confirmed cases and a death toll of 187.

The number of infections amounts to 62% of South Africa's total cases, which stand at 17 200 as of Tuesday, 19 May.

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde held a digital press conference on Wednesday, where he shared details around the sites prepared for the peak of the crisis, which is projected to hit later in the year.

Facilities in place for Western Cape's COVID-19 response 

Sites that are set to be utilised include makeshift health centres such as the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), which will house close to a thousand hospital beds.

Winde said this site will consist of four wards, with a wide range of medical staff deployed at the facility.

The CTICC is one of five places that will provide healthcare to those found with mild cases of the coronavirus, but requiring hospitalisation.

These include the Thusong Centre in Khayelitsha, one of the province's COVID-19 hotspots.

For moderate cases, the Western Cape has set aside a total of 2 162 beds, with 658 of them added in as part of the expansion of healthcare centres.

The province has also put in place 18 testing and triage centres, 12 of which are already operational.

Breakdown of the province's preparedness 

Acute hospitalisation 

Intermediate care beds for mild cases –  1 428 beds planned

  1. CTICC – 850 beds

  2. Brakengate – 330 beds[*]Thusong Centre, Khayelitsha – 68 beds[*]Cape Winelands, Sonstraal Hospital – 150 beds[*]Tygerberg Hospital – 30 additional beds 

Acute beds for moderate cases – capacity created in existing public sector – 2 162 beds, of which 658 beds are additional beds through expansion.

Critical beds for severe cases 

  1. Existing critical care capacity within public sector – 150 beds

  2. Additional critical care to be created within public sector – 100 beds[*]Public sector to purchase from private sector – 300 beds[*]Private sector – 300 beds