St Francis Property Owners - Covid-19 – Daily News Updates

Wednesday 27th May

“The virus doesn’t move, people move it. We stop moving, the virus stops moving, the virus dies, it’s that simple.”

Lockdown Level 4.

 Wednesday 27 May 2020

(South African stats dashboard here)
Global – 5,589,626
South Africa – 24,264 (up 1,681 from Monday)
Eastern Cape – 2864
St Francis Bay – 1 (recovered) 
People recovered – 12,741
Confirmed deaths – 523

Stats: Sunday 22 March
Global – 341,722
South Africa – 274
Eastern Cape – 2
St Francis Bay – 1

Just Good News!

Here is today’s good news, as we start preparing for a new world under Level 3.

  • There have been some solid rains in the area. We are still waiting for the numbers from the catchment areas, and it won’t be enough to get us out of the water shortage predicament, but it should be some help.
  • SAA is going to start flying again, although only between Jozi and Cape Town, but it’s a start.
  • Flu season is late. It is most likely as a result of the lockdown and no international travel, but flu hasn’t arrived in South Africa yet. It’s normally thick among us by mid-April. Even more good news is that there is also no sign of Man Flu, which is infinitely worse than the normal flu.
  • Places of worship are set to open from 1 June, although limited to 50 people.

First Two COVID-19 Cases Confirmed For Jeffreys Bay

Jeffreys Bay has recorded its first two confirmed cases of Covid-19.

Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said the cases were confirmed by the Department of Health this week and that contact tracing was under way.

“Both patients are in self-quarantine. We wish them a speedy recovery,” he said.

He said another resident in St Francis Bay had also tested positive but that, due to delays in receiving the initial results, the patient has already been classified as “recovered”.

“The number of active Covid-19 cases in Kouga currently stands at three while 11 recoveries have been recorded to date.

“The three active cases are the two new ones in Jeffreys Bay and the recent Humansdorp case.

“This means a total of 14 Covid-19 cases have been recorded in the Kouga area since March.”

The full Covid-19 stats for Kouga are as follows:

* St Francis Bay – two recovered
* Humansdorp – eight recovered, one active
* Hankey – one recovered
* Jeffreys Bay – two active.

St Francis DVG Quarantine Facility Needs Bed Linen

The Disaster Volunteer Group Quarantine Facility, that was set up in the Bowling Club hall was inspected by the Health Department last week and given the go ahead.

The only issue is that it is very short of bed linen, and the DVG are looking for donations of sheets (double or single), pillows and case and blankets to ensure that the facility is fit for purpose the minute it is needed. Any donations to please be dropped off at Calibre Security in black bags. Any donations appreciated.

St Francis College Fundraiser

What started out as a ‘household challenge’ has quickly grown into something a lot bigger! Off the back of her uber successful virtual marathon run, St Francis College School parent, Liz Anderson with her team, have developed another FUNdraising initiative for the Little Farm School in St Francis Bay. Having missed out on their usual fundraising activities due to the Lockdown period, the College has welcomed this great, out-of-the-box and family orientated idea for Sunday 31 May.

Here’s what they’re up to – The challenge is to complete as many accumulative kilometers with your lockdown team (actual or virtual) in 1 hour, between 8 & 9 am. Your team can be of all ages, and even include your family fur-kid! You can run, walk, pushbike, pram, skate, scoot or cycle (max 2 cyclists per team), once completed, add your distances together and submit your final total! 

Each team pledges a minimum of R150,00 and can even get themselves some sponsorship. This challenge is open to all family and friends internationally too, at a minimum pledge of $10 / 10 pounds / 10 Euro 

To enter your team, or for additional information, please contact Liz on +27 83 241 0159 or Louise on +27 82 722 0402.

Water Shortage

Despite the good rainfall yesterday and last night, we are still at risk of a Day Zero for the local Kouga area.  Kouga Dam, our biggest dam, has dropped by over 11% since 11 May. The level of the Impofu Dam has stayed more or less the same, but the Kromme Dam is down by 4%.

We need to encourage people to report all water leaks to Kouga Municipality, through the call centre and on the Link app. The more people who report a leak the better.

Work and school from home is a complete F**kApp!

One mom has a rant about the state of technology and working from home. Many of us will be able to relate.