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COVID-19 hotspots: Discovery real-time data

Given the large, national footprint of our membership base and in order to support you with more information to stay safe during COVID-19, we are communicating on the emergent hotspots across Discovery’s client and membership base using real-time claims data.

We analyse our data across the country, at a district level, to help provide you with regular updates on how the pandemic is progressing in your area. Importantly, this data is based on Discovery data and experience only, and therefore doesn’t include data of all infections in your area.

Your membership claims information as well as your residential address on our system are used to send out hotspot notifications if you are living in a district with a high number of new infections per day. To ensure that we send you accurate notifications, update your residential address details if necessary.

You can also refer to https://sacoronavirus.co.za/ and the Western Cape Dashboard for more information.

COVID-19 hotspot districts

Calculated on 21 January 2021

How we determine hotspots?

This data is calculated on the date stated above and is based on Discovery Health Medical Scheme claims data for the number of clients that have tested positive for COVID-19 during the previous period, and does not include national testing and infection data.

A hotspot district must have:

  • At least 2 new infections per day on average for the past 7 days, and
  • At least 50 cumulative cases, and
    • Either 5% compound growth rate (CGR) over the past 7 days (doubling time of two weeks or less)
    • Or at least 30 new cases per 100,000 Discovery lives over the past 7 days (high attack rate).

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