SOUTH Africa has been declared a National State of Disaster and is in lockdown owing to COVID-19. Based on these announcements by President Cyril Ramaphosa, the Uitenhage Provincial Hospital needs to comply with certain measures and therefore urges the cooperation from the communities it serves during this trying time.“Uitenhage Provincial Hospital had to make decisions on how to comply with these changes and in order to make provision for possible admissions in consultation with other hospitals in Nelson Mandela Bay,” said Marilyn Klassen, hospital manager of the Uitenhage Provincial Hospital. The following interim measures have been implemented at Uitenhage Provincial Hospital (these measures may change if the demand for beds increases): . Strict control measures are in place - people are screened before entry to hospital. Access to hospital will be limited – normal OPD patients will get supplies for 2 – 3 months. . Entrances to hospital will be limited. . All people entering the hospital will be screened and sanitizer provided to clean hands. . No visitors are allowed to patients. Family will be contacted when needed. . Most of the elective operations will be postponed. . OPD visits limited. . Only emergency cases to be seen in casualty. . Correct telephone numbers and addresses and identification documents of all patients are very important in order to trace patients or family members. . People accompanying patients to hospital be limited to one person only. . No unnecessary loitering allowed on premises.“We ask the community to comply with the rules as set out by President Cyril Ramaphosa in order to flatten the COVI-19 curve and to limit the spread of the infection in our communities. “We also ask the community to pray for the staff that must ensure that the essential services are provided,” said Klassen.