Five major corporates this weekend confirmed their respective workers tested positive for Covid-19 as the pandemic’s numbers are increasing at an alarming rate in the country.
NMB Bank, Cimas, Cheetah Express (FedEx), Premier Service Medical Aid Sodety (PSMAS) and Star Africa Corporation issued statements confirm-ing cases that had been subject to social media speculation.
Star Africa Corporation, who produce Gold Star food products, confirmed the death ofone employee among those who tested positive “On 15 July 2020, four of a group of 38 employees, which had been sent for routine tests, tested positive for Covid-19.
Sadly, one of the four employees that tested positive subsequently passed away. “As there was a chance that these employees who tested positive could have interacted with other employees at the work place, a decision has been taken to temporarily close the operations at Goldstar Sugars and Country Choice Foods in strict adherence to the requirements of the public health authorities and WHO guidelines.”
PSMAS issued a statement announcing the temporary closure of their head office.
“Premier Service Medical Aid Society (PSMAS) confirms that two back office staff members work-ing at its Harare Head Office have tested positive for Covid-19.
The staff members are in isolation and recovering at home. We wish our colleagues and all those affected by this virus a quick and full recovery.
“The Covid-19 Rapid Response Team have been roped in to assist with contact tracing and appropriate interventions.
We are in the process of ensuring that all staff members who are at potential risk of exposure are tested. As part of the precautionary measures, PSMAS Head Office will be temporarily closed with immediate effect, to allow disinfection of the building Communication will be made once all the protocols for resumption of operations are in place.
Announcing the temporary closure of their Southerton branch, NMB Bank said: “One of our Southerton branch staff members, who was last at work on Friday, 10 July 2020 has tested positive for Covid-19.
As a result, a decision has been taken to temporarily close the Southerton branch from 20 July 2020 to 3 August 2020, both dates inclusive.
`The branch staff are undergoing tests, and have proceeded on a 14-day self-quarantine As a precautionary measure, NMB Bank Southerton branch premises have been disinfected.
We will keep you updated on the matter.” In a statement, Cheetah Express did not reveal total number of positive cases “Through routine screening processes, a staff member was identified as having flu-like symptoms and was immediately sent home and subsequently tested positive for Covid-19.
Through testing we have identified further staff members that worked in the same department who also tested positive.
“These staff members, although showing no signs of illness, have also been sent home to quarantine and will follow the Harare City Health guidd i nes until full recovery. All staff have been further tested with both rapid tests and PCR tests.
We can confirm that all current staffat our fadlities are Covid-19 neg-ative and will continue to be tested on a regular basis to maintain the integrity of our workforce and operating environment.
“In addition, the facilities have been fumigated and will continue to be closely monitored on a weekly basis.
We are pleased to note that the initial staff member is doing well and recovering at home. We would like to assure all our customers and stakeholders that we are following the strictest protocols with respect to the WHO guidelines and will continue to do so throughout the period of the pandemic.”
Cimas confirmed closure of their High Glen clinic. “A member of our reception staff tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday, 16 July 2020 following routine and random testing of our staff.
Contact tracing and testing subsequently revealed that other members of staff had been exposed to the virus, as they had been in the same work area with the staff member who had tested positive.
The case was subsequently handed over to the COVID RapidRespone Team and contact tracing began.
“We also proceeded to test staff in that facility as well as other staff who share transport with her and twenty one more have tested positive for the virus.
While the source of the infections is unknown, common factors among those who tested positive is that they all shared transport and/or shared workstations, computers, or telephone handsets.
“All those who tested positive are in quarantine after being referred to the Covid-19 Rapid Response Team and the Harare City Health Department.
They will also be covered for treatment under the recently introduced Cimas COVid-19 Cover.
“As a precautionary measure, all Cimas premises in Harare have been deep cleaned and disinfected.
The Cimas High Glen Clinic, in a separate incident, has been closed temporarily following the exposure of a staff mernber to a confirmed case.”