Boksburg Society for the Aged chair Hennie Els said the maintenance manager had repeatedly failed to wear protective equipment while entering Covid-19 isolation wards.
“He flouted health regulations. He would go into isolation wards not wearing any PPE. Because of the residents’ vulnerabilities, staff are required to wear a mask, full visor and PPE suit.”
Els said the Boksburg Society for the Aged did not lose any residents during the second wave but the third wave had claimed three lives. “While government has given us good assistance, we are worried about the third wave and have increased protocols beyond government’s requirements,” he said.
“We have to be strict. The risk of mass outbreaks is real. If we don’t, the deaths will be worse.”
The Rev Patricia Ohlson, Ewofa’s centre manager, said: “In the weeks between December and January, we lost 12 residents to Covid-19. Fortunately we contained the spread, but it was difficult. We now have very strict protocols in place.”
Daniela Chrysostomou, chair of the Greek Lady Benevolent Society old age home, said they learnt hard lessons after the first wave. “We lost nine residents in six weeks. Three deaths were within three hours.”
She said their stringent protocols meant they had no deaths in the second wave.
“With the third wave we took no chances. In June we went into a hard lockdown. So far there have been no deaths.”