Rand Aid Association which runs four retirement villages in Johannesburg says 22 residents and employees have tested positive for Covid-19 at its homes.

It says of this, 18 cases are still active.

“Of the 18 active cases, 10 are residents and eight are staff members. Of these, many are asymptomatic and all are in isolation, with two in hospital.

“Three external service providers had tested positive and contact tracing was done to identify and test any staff members or residents who had come into contact with them,” Rand Aid Association said in a statement.

Rand Aid Association runs Inyoni Creek, Elphin Lodge and Tarentaal in Lyndhurst and Thornhill Manor in Modderfontein.

It also runs two frail care centres for older persons – Ron Smith Care Centre, which is in the grounds of Elphin Lodge and Thembalami, which incorporates the Max Ordman Deaf Association in Lombardy East.

Two deaths

Collectively there are 1 400 residents and 425 employees at the care centres and retirement villages. When the nationwide lockdown was implemented in March, no visitors were allowed onto the properties, unless deemed essential.

Concerns were raised when two deaths of Thembalami residents were recorded – one in Rand Aid’s isolation facility on 8 June and another in hospital on 6 June. Rand Aid Assocation said after tests were conducted for Covid-19 on all residents at Thembalami, it was revealed that everyone was negative except for two residents who were asymptomatic but tested positive for the virus.