Eskom employee at Koeberg Power Station tests positive for COVID-19
Eskom says seven other employees at Koeberg who have come into close contact with the person have been tested for COVID-19.
In a statement released on Wednesday 6 May, Eskom said it is aware of the case where one of its employees from the Koeberg Power Station tested positive for COVID-19.
Eskom also said it’s not sure where the employee contracted the virus.
As of Tuesday 5 May, there are 7 572 confirmed cases in South Africa and a total of 148 people have lost their lives.
SEVEN ESKOM EMPLOYEES FROM KOEBERG GET TESTED FOR COVID-19
According to Eskom, the employee in question consulted their doctor after feeling sick. The individual immediately reported the fact that they were positive to their manager and were subsequently put in isolation, in accordance with Eskom’s policy on containing the pandemic.
“Eskom observed all the protocols for dealing with the pandemic, and immediately contacted all those employees who were in contact with him. Those who were in contact were immediately placed on precautionary isolation,” the statement read.
The area environment in which they work was cleaned and disinfected, in line with the COVID-19 guidance.
“Of the seven employees that were tested for COVID-19 following contact with the infected person, thus far, six results have been received, and they are all negative,” it said.
POWER UTILITY SAYS OTHER EMPLOYEES HAVE ALSO TESTED POSITIVE
Eskom said it is assisting the employee while undergoing treatment and has taken all precautionary measures to prevent the virus from coming into the workplace.
Eskom also said the infected employee from Koeberg Power Station is not the only infected employee.
“It must also be stated clearly that Eskom does have other cases of employees who have tested positive. These employees work in other operations and power stations other than Koeberg are also members of the general South African population that is exposed to the current pandemic,” it said.
“Eskom takes its responsibility of protecting its workforce very seriously and has put strict infection prevention and containment measures in place. Our workspaces are regularly cleaned and disinfected in order to prevent the virus from coming into the workplace,” it said.
Eskom said other pandemic prevention measures were put in place about a month before the country went on national lockdown. These include testing employees for abnormal body temperature before they enter the workplace, providing hand sanitisers throughout the facilities and providing protective equipment, such as masks to all employees.