A National Education Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) shop steward, who did not want to be named, said: “At the moment, the situation is very bad here and they need to do something.”
The shop steward, who was also at Friday’s meeting with the centre management, said Esidimeni Kirkwood cared for more than 600 patients.
“We are calling for the centre to be deep-cleaned, for all the staff to be tested and for the infected patients to be quarantined.
“They say they are arranging for this quarantining.”
He conceded it would be difficult to organise the placing of the residents who were not infected while the facility was being desanitised, as they were mentally ill and needed care.
“But they can solve the situation by partnering other Life Esidimeni centres in the region.”
Meanwhile, the NICD's May communique has published a description of the coronavirus clusters in Nelson Mandela Bay, revealing overlapping events and geographical locations.
The metro recorded its first Covid-19 case on 16 March in a patient with a recent history of travel to high-risk countries overseas. However, since then, the spread of the disease had been traced through a number of local “clusters”, the report said.
“Since then, more than seven clusters with 10 or more cases have been identified.
“These include clusters associated with funerals, retail stores, long-term care facilities, healthcare facilities and other workplaces.”
The first cluster with 45 cases had been confirmed between March 30 and April 23, it said.
“This cluster was linked to the funeral of a nurse on March 21 in KwaDwesi.
“More than 1,000 people reportedly attended the funeral.”
Two more clusters, another funeral and a grocery store, could be positively linked to this cluster, the report said.
“As of 20 May, 21% of all cases in the Nelson Mandela Bay district — 172 of the 803 infected people at that stage — had been linked to specific clusters.”