Duduza Clinic in Nigel has been shut down for an unspecified period of time after one of the nurses tested positive for coronavirus.
It is said that the nurse has been part of the worshippers who always went to a prayer breakfast at the Divine Worship Ministries in Bloemfontein on 10 March.
The nurse experienced an enzyme chain reaction test for coronavirus on Monday after being recognized as a contact of the Bloemfontein gathering, the City of Ekurhuleni said in a statement.
The results came back positive on Tuesday and she was later on been placed under quarantine and is now under medical observation.
The City is now searching for some of the people she may have mingled with and they will be tested for COVID-19 to contain it from spreading in the community.
“Clinical staff who work at the Duduza Clinic and have displayed symptoms of COVID-19 have been tested and are in self-isolation as they await their test results. Staff who have not displayed symptoms have been placed on special leave to self-isolate until further notice.”
“The facility and surrounding areas will be sanitized during the period of closure to kill any traces of the COVID-19 virus that may have survived on surfaces,” the City said.
In the meantime, two mobile clinics will be positioned to the area and the mayor, Mzwandile Masina, was expected to pay them a visit on Thursday.
Staff from surrounding clinics would be placed at the mobile clinics and must wear personal protective equipment and implement stringent hygiene protocols when working with the public.
The City has also asked the communities not to panic as they respond to cases of COVID-19 in and around Ekurhuleni.
“What is of the utmost importance is that we isolate the virus wherever it rears its ugly head. As a city, we wish our nurse a speedy recovery.”