CORONA VIRUS INFORMATION HUB
Kindly note that the information on this page is subject to change.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) was informed about a cluster of pneumonia cases of unknown aetiology in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China on 31 December 2019. On the 7th of January 2020, a Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was identified as the causative virus by the Chinese authorities.
The Novel Coronavirus is formally named SARS-CoV-2. The disease caused by the virus is now referred to as COVID-19.
IMPORTANT LETTERS FROM THE NATIONAL pATHOLOGY GROUP
Testing for now, even in private labs will be prioritised for individuals that fulfill epidemiological and clinical case definitions and only if referred by a doctor.
Due to critical reagent shortages, COVID19 (SARS-CoV-2) testing will be restricted to patients with travel to areas where there has been sustained person to person transmission with in the last 14 days and seriously ill or hospitalised with severe pneumonia, or cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or measured fever of 38 °C. Testing will also be reserved for health care workers who attended patients with confirmed COVID19 (SARS-CoV-2) tests.
Common signs and symptoms reported include fever, cough, shortness of breath and other respiratory complaints. Severe infections have been reported and these have resulted in severe acute respiratory syndrome, renal failure and even death.
We advise that testing be guided by the WHO case definition of a suspect case in order to ensure sustainable allocation of testing reagents:
- A patient with acute respiratory illness (fever and at least one sign/symptom of respiratory disease (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) AND with no other aetiology that fully explains the clinical presentation AND a history of travel to or residence in a country/area or territory reporting local transmission of COVID-19 disease during the 14 days prior to symptom onset. (Visit the WHO website for daily situation reports of countries affected; available at: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports); OR
- A patient with any acute respiratory illness AND having been in contact* with a confirmed or probable COVID-19 case in the last 14 days prior to onset of symptoms; OR
- A patient with severe acute respiratory infection (fever and at least one sign/symptom of respiratory disease e.g., cough, shortness breath) AND requiring hospitalisation AND with no other aetiology that fully explains the clinical presentation.
- Contact is a person involved in any of the following:
Providing direct care without proper personal protective equipment (PPE) to a patient with COVID-19;
- Staying in the same close environment as a person with COVID-19 (including workplace, classroom, household, gatherings);
- Travelling together in close proximity (1 m) with a person with COVID-19 in any kind of conveyance in the 14
days prior to symptom onset.
- Contact is a person involved in any of the following:
72 hours from time of receipt in the molecular laboratory in Johannesburg
Where can i get tested?
This list is dated 27 March 2020
|*CLOSED ON WEEKENDS* Kingsbury Hospital Parking Lot||Wilderness road, Claremont (after the boom, first tent, next to main entrance of hospital)||(021)6731700||Mon-Fri 10:00-15:00|
|*CLOSED ON WEEKENDS* Century City||Smartsurv House, Century City, Cape Town.||(021)6731700||Mon-Fri 08:00–17:00|
|Morningside||173 Rivonia Road, Morningside, Sandton, South Africa, Rochester Place, Block A Office||Mon-Fri 08:00-17:00, Sat 08:00-17:00|
|Alberton *Drive through site*||60 Clinton Road, Alberton||(011)9071657/8||Mon- Fri 08:00-18:00 and Sat ,Sun & PH 08:00-13h00|
|Lancet Labs Corner depot *Drive through site*||Block F , Cnr Napier and Menton rds, Richmond , Johannesburg||Mon-Fri, 07:00-19:00, Sat & Sun, 08:00-13:00|
|Vereeniging||46 Rhodes Ave, Vereeniging, 1939||Mon-Fri 08H00 -18h00 and Sat ,Sun & PH 08:00-13h00|
|Pretoria – Pencardia||Pencardia 1 Building, 1st Floor, 509 Pretorius St, Arcadia, Pretoria||(012) 483-0100||24 hours|
|Pretoria – Eugene Marais *Drive through site*||663 5th Avenue, Les Marais, Pretoria, 0084||(012) 404-0860||Mon–Fri, 08h00 – 17h00|
|Pretoria – Woodhill||Parkview Shopping Centre, Garsfontein Drive||(012) 998-0299||Mon-Fri 08h00-17h00|
|Pretoria Midstream Mediclinic *Drive through site*||MIDSTREAM MEDICLINIC MEDICAL PARK, MIDSTREAM HILL||(012) 942-1102||Mon-Fri 08:00 – 17:00, Sat, 08:00–13:00|
|Pretoria Legae lab||GROUNDFLOOR; LEGAE HOSPITAL,; LUCAS MANGOPE STREET, MABOPANE||012-1978001||24/7 HOSPITAL Patients; 07h00-16h00 OUTpatients;|
|Clinix Dr SK Matseke Memorial Hospital||Cnr Immink Drive and, Chris Hani Rd, Diepkloof Zone 6,||(011)9381075||Mon – Fri 8:00-17:00pm , Sat & Sun 8:00 -13:00|
|Dr Susan Lasia Miller||94 GREEN AVENUE , EDLEEN, KEMPTON PARK, 1619||(011)9750631||Mon-Sun, 08:00-17:00|
|Pretoria – Faerie Glen||Life Faerie Glen Medical Centre, 398 Jacqueline Drive, Garsfontein||(012) 348-9100||24 Hours|
|Centurion – Saxby *Drive through site*||58 Henri Road, Eldoraigne, Centurion||(012) 384-2151||Mon-Fri, 07;00-17;00|
|Life Roseacres Hospital *Drive through site*||Cnr. Castor and, St Joseph St, Primrose, Germiston, 1401||(011)822 0360||Mon-Fri 08:00-17h00|
|Miller House *Drive through site*||Opposite No 4 Parklane Avenue, Brenthurst Clinic, Parktown||Mon-Fri, 08:00-18:00|
|Ruimsig||shop 22, ruimsig, boulevard, cnr hendrick potgieter, doreen road||(011)9580579||Mon-Fri 08:00-17:00|
|Honeydew Vilage Centre Depot||shop 23, C/O John Vorster & Christiaan, De Wet Roads, Rooderport||(011)6750536||Mon-Fri 08:00-17:00|
|Rosebank Lancet Labs||8 Sturdee Avenue||(011)2774060||Mon-Sun, 07:00-19:00|
|Bell Street Depot *Drive through site*||Cnr. Shannon and Bell Street, Noordheuwel, Krugersdorp, 1739||(011)9541503||Mon-Fri 07:00–18h00|
|Oberholzer Depot *Drive through site*||54 Van Zijl Smit Street, Oberholzer, Carletonville, 2499||(018)787 3879||Mon-Fri 08:00-17:00|
|Intercare Northriding||Intercare Northlands cnr shopping centre, cnr witkoppen road and new market street, northriding.||(011)7042142||Mon-Fri 08:00-17:00|
|Lancet Labs Bedfordview *Drive through site*||At the back of Life Bedford Gardens Causalty ion Bradford Road||Mon-Fri 08:00-17:00|
|Houghton Hotel Medical Suites||53 2nd Ave, Gate 2 , Houghton Estate , Hougton , Johannesburg||(011)0834681||Mon-Fri 8h00-17h00|
|Lancet Labs Brenthurst||No 4 Parklane Avenue, Brenthurst Clinic, Parktown||(011)3516470||Mon-Sun 07:00-19:00|
|Outside of Springs Life Hospital *Drive through site*||Corner off Artemis and Achiles Street, Pollak Park, Springs||(011)3623678||Mon-Fri 8:30-17:00|
|Parklands Springs||Corner of Artemis and Achiles Street, Pollak Park, Springs||(011)3623678||Mon-Fri 8:30-17:00|
|Berea||41 Bruce Street||Mon-Fri 09h00-18h00|
|Robertsham||82 Benson St Cnr Bently St||(011)6808237||Mon-Fri, 07:00-16:00|
|Jeppe||195 Jeppe St 14th Floor||Mon-Fri 08h00-17h00, Sat 08h00-13h00|
|Dalview Hospital||1 Hendrik Potgieter Rd, Dalview, Brakpan, 1541, South Africa||24 hrs|
|Glynnwood Hospital *Drive through site*||34 Harrison street, Benoni||(011)4218423||Mon-Fri 08:00-17:00|
|Krugersdorp Lab, Outpatient Depot||1 Boshoff Street, Krugersdorp||(011)6688349||Mon-Fri, 08:00-17:00|
|Heidelberg||70 Begeman street -Dr Machaba practice – C/O Mare & Begeman street||076-671-2036||Mon-Fri, 08:00-16:00|
|Lephalale||Corner Joe Slovo and Drif Street, Shop L 2 Sunset Point Plaza||(014)7631241||Mon-Fri 07h00–18h00, Sat 08h00-12h00|
|Thabazimbi||13th Avenue Carpe Diem Centre||(014)7721448||07h30–17h30 Mon–Fri, Sat 08h00-12h00|
|Polokwane *Drive through site*||44A Grobler street, Polokwane Central||(015)2940400||24 hours|
|Tzaneen||71 Wolksberg Road, Ivory Tusk Lodge||(015)3074849||Mon to Fri, 07H00-17H30, Sat: 08H00-13h00|
|Thohoyandou||Corner Mpehephu & Mvusuludzo near Cash build||(015)9623160||Mon to Fri, 07H00-17H30, Sat: 08H30-14H30|
|Phalaborwa||71 Sealene Street, Phalaborwa||(015)7816238||Mon to Fri, 07H00-17H30, Sat: 08H00-13h00.|
|Mokopane||97 RUITER STREET, MOKOPANE||(015)4911265||Mon-Fri, 08:00 – 17:00 Mon-Fri and Sat|
|Groblersdal||SHOP 6 TAUTES AVENUE, GROBLERSDAL||(013)2622053||Mon to Fri, 08:00 – 17:00|
|Westdene *Drive through site*||President Steyn 66, Westdene, Bloemfontein.||Mon-Fri 07:00-18:00, Sat-Sun 08:00-13:00|
|Welkom||Lategan street 30, Welkom||(057)3521721/(051)4104080 for appointment.||Mon-Fri 8:00-17:00|
|Kimberley||39 Mac Dougall St, El Toro Park, Kimberley, 8301 – Mon-Fri 8:00 – 17:00||(053)8364460 for an appointment|
|Lydenburg Depot||46 Viljoen str, Lydenburg, 1120||(013)2354380|
|Standerton depot||Cnr Kerk & Princess, Central Park number 5, Standerton||(017)71223749||Mon-Fri 08h00 – 17h00, Sat 07h00–12h00|
|Urgent Care||Unit 10C, Sonmed Suites, Cnr of Madiba Drive & Piet Retief St,Sonheuwel||(013)7459000||Mon–Sat 8h00–19h00, Sun 10:00 – 19:00|
|Kriel depot||C/O BOKMAKIERIE & MOOILAAN; KRIEL.||Mon-Fri 08h00 – 17h00, Sat 07h00–12h00|
|Witrivier Depot||30 Allie van Bergen, Witrivier, 1240||(013)7501237||Mon-Fri 08:00–17:00, Sat appointment only.|
|Burgersfort Lab||Office 2, Ground Floor, Maphutha Ditshaba building, c/o Church & Eddie Sedibe str, Burgersfort, 1150||(013)2317667|
|Malalane Depot||Malalane Depot, 20 Air street, Office 6, Malalane, 1320||(013)7900025||Mon–Fri 08:00–17:00|
|Trichardt Lab||2nd floor room 210 Barney Molokwane Street, Trichardt||(017)6380862||Mon-Sun 07:00-19:00|
|Cachet Park Depot||Shop 24 Cnr Steve Biko & Meyer Street, Potchefstroom, 2531||Mon-Fri 07h00-16h00|
|Rustenburg Main Laboratory||102 Kock Street, Rustenburg, 2999||(014)5978500||Mon–Fri 07h00–18h00, Sat 08h00-12h00|
|Brits||Shop 19 Safari Ctr, Van Velden St, Brits||(012)2520308||Mon–Fri 07h00–18h00, Sat 08h00-12h00|
|Ifafi depot||Corner R511 and Beethoven Street||(012)2590275||Mon–Fri 08h00–17h00, Sat 08h00–10h00|
|The Island depot||Shop 24 The Islands Shopping Mall, Provincial road R512||(012)2444020||Mon–Fri 08h00–17:00|
|Potchefstroom||Cachet Park Depot, Shop 24 Cnr Steve Biko & Meyer Street, Potchefstroom, 2531||(018)2938260/1||Mon–Fri 07:00-16:00, Sat 08:00-13:00|
|Pmb Midlands||Ground Floor, Midlands Medical Centre, 162-166 Masukwana St, Pietermaritzburg, 3201||(033)2644340||Mon-Fri 08:00-17:00 Sat 08:00-13:00|
|Teleradio building *Drive through site*||73 Carlisle Street||(031)3086500||Mon-Fri 8:00-17:00, Sat 8:00-13:00|
|Shelly Beach||Shop 7b, Shelly Boulevard Centre, Shelly Beach||(039)6820117/0148||Mon-Fri, 08:00-17:00, Sat 08:00-13:0013|
Infection Control and Prevention of COVID-19 (coronavirus disease)
The recommendations on this web page are based on those of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Click here to view the WHO website.
Basic protective measures against the new coronavirus according to the WHO:
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.