Workers at the Phoenix Community Healthcare Centre, north of Durban, are continuing to appeal to their employer to test them for COVID-19.

This is the latest in a series of requests from healthcare workers. They were allegedly exposed to a patient that has the virus.

The National Union of Public Service and Allied Workers maintains that workers want the facility to be properly decontaminated.

They say they all want to be tested for COVID-19, adding that some workers were exposed to a patient who allegedly tested positive for the virus.

Earlier this week, workers downed tools, but thereafter returned to work. On Sunday, police informed workers that they could not protest as that is against the lockdown regulations.

10 things to keep nurses safe during COVID-19:

SABC News has outlined 10 recommendations for nurses to follow to keep safe during COVID-19 and while they are nursing COVID-19 infected patients.

The recommendations outlined are based on those of official sources, including the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

  1. Perform hand hygiene
  2. Clean surfaces regularly with disinfectant
  3. Adequate ventilation in rooms
  4. Change gloves when torn or heavily contaminated
  5. Wear fitted N95 respirator (medical mask)
  6. Use a face shield or medical mask and goggles
  7. Wash hands before putting on personal protective equipment (PPE)
  8. Remove PPE correctly
  9. Wash hands immediately after removing all PPE
  10. Proper patient placement