COVID-19

2 new COVID cases identified overnight with record result turnaround for SA

The Premier, alongside Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier, has given a daily update on South Australia’s growing number of COVID cases and testing site wait times.

Premier Steven Marshall has addressed South Australians on what is the second official day of a statewide lockdown, following the identification of the Delta strain in the state.

After a hectic day yesterday with two press conferences, the announcement of a $100 million COVID relief package, and a rapidly increasing list of exposure sites, Steven Marshall, Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier, Health Minister Stephen Wade and Police Commissioner Grant Stevens all spoke today to address the escalating COVID situation in South Australia.

The Premier clarified that daily updates would be given throughout lockdown at roughly 11am each day to provide people regular information on the state’s COVID situation.

He urged South Australisn to continue cooperating with the lockdown and explained this was what will stop the spread of the virus.

Steven Marshall spoke about his concern for the mental health and wellbeing of South Australians and advised people to stay in regular contact with friends and relatives, exercise where you can and eat healthy meals to reduce anxiety. He also detailed the SA COVID mental health support line (1800 632 735) and Beyond Blue’s COVID hotline (1800 512 348) support service which are both available seven days a week.

SA Health’s urgent mental health centre is fully operational throughout lockdown for those needing additional support at this time.

A further $7 million dollars have been poured into mental health support in the state, with additional funding for those experiencing homelessness and escaping from domestic violence throughout lockdown. 

CURRENT CASES

The current number of cases in the state stands at 14, with two new cases announced this morning, both linked to the two ‘super spreader events’ identified at Tier 1 hotspots the Greek on Halifax restaurant and Tenafeate Creek Winery in Yattalunga.

The two new cases are a brother and sister in their twenties who attended the Tenafeate Creek Winery over the weekend and are currently undergoing detailed interviews with SA Health to establish any new exposure sites.

The parents of the siblings also attended the winery but at this stage are testing negative for COVID which Professior Spurrier noted as being good news. 

The groups who were visiting the Tenafeate Creek Winery were not all attending the venue together and formed a number of separate groups who were all dining together at the venue at the same time. 

The dedicated work of SA Health teams to successfully link each case allows the state to be cautiously optimistic about the current transmissions in the state.

Professor Spurrier did note concern regarding the two high risk exposure sites, the Greek on Halifax and the Tenafeate Creek Winery. There were 91 people at the Greek on Halifax on Saturday 17 July and 53 of those people have been tested so far.

From the Tenafeate Creek Winery on Sunday 18 July only 34 people have been tested out of a potential 125 visitors. All of these people who have been identified and contacted but not all the testing has been done. All people from the high risk areas will be transferred into a medi-hotel facility, actioned immediately.

Over 4,000 South Australians are currently isolating throughout the state, after visiting the growing list of exposure sites in SA, currently at 71, as well as a number of VIC exposure sites from school holiday travel.

Professor Spurrier urged those in quarantine to request supermarket or grocery deliveries to be left in a safe place where those quarantining can go and collect, e.g. behind an outdoor shed, so as to avoid any close contact with delivery drivers or family members dropping off food or other deliveries.

Marshall explained there is a constant reassessment of the risks of the current 71 exposure sites and SA Health will start to remove some of these when it is safe to do so. Please see a full list of the latest exposure sites at the bottom of this article.

TESTING SITES

There have been 17,592 test results provided to South Australia throughout the recent push forward to increase test numbers.

After much criticism due to unprecedented wait times at some of the states testing sites, most notably 12 hours at Victoria Park, a number of new testing sites are underway, as well as existing testing sites increasing their staff numbers and testing capacity.

Marshall apologised for any delay in testing and attributed this to a huge surge in demand for testing which has outstripped SA Health’s current capacity. Professor Spurrier also expressed her empathy for the people waiting in their cars to be tested but expressed her gratitude for all South Australians who were all lining up to be tested.

Professor Spurrier spoke on her comfort at how many people are being tested and estimated the state was in a similar to position to yesterday in terms of its fight against containing the Delta variant.

This is expected to come back into balance over the next 24 hours as SA Health and SA Pathology work to increase testing capacity at current sites across the state.

A rapid testing facility is currently being set up for high-priority cases of people who have visited either of the high risk exposure sites, aiming to get these high-risk tests turned around as quickly as possible.

Authorities are currently looking at a way to communicate wait times to the public who are experiencing large wait times, including waiting overnight in their cars for up to 14 hours.

ADF have been requested to help to increase testing capacity and Marshall noted this has received a positive response so far. 

CHANGES TO RESTRICTIONS

In a new legal direction, singles over the age of 16 are now also able to visit a friend or partner if they are both home alone at the same time, with a number of rules in place surrounding the visits.

The person any individual is visiting must be alone in the house at the time of the visit, except for if this person is a sole parent and their children are also present at the time or if the couple were in a relationship prior to lockdown.

Police Commissioner Grant Stevens explained this was to accommodate circumstances where people are in a relationship but not living under the same roof. The Commissioner detailed that although we are aiming for a seven day lockdown there is a possibility this will be extended and we wanted to provide for people who want to visit their intimate partners. 

He urged this was not a free for all and is very restricted for people who live on their own, not people who live in shared houses, so as to aid the wellbeing and mental health of those living on their own.

Stevens spoke regarding the arrest of an Adelaide Hills woman who refused to put on a mask in a supermarket last night and after several refusals to comply or provide any details was subsequently arrested. 

The Commissioner said five fines have been issued with 11 individuals formally cautioned for breaches of the COVID-19 lockdown directions such as refusing to comply with mask-wearing.

Stevens confirmed people are currently able to move house during the restrictions, if they have come to the end of their lease.

Regarding the freight industry there will be an amendment signed today, freight workers will be able to return to work but will have to undergo regular weekly testing. The Police Commissioner explained once this new direction is signed it will be communicated to the freight industry.

VACCINATIONS

Professor Spurrier noted front-line workers such as those in supermarkets will be considered for the vaccination roll-out and was interested to monitor the success of a ‘Vaccination Lottery’ program currently being implemented in Western Australia, for once SA comes out of lockdown.

Out of the number of positive cases identified in SA so far, each individual is questioned by SA Health as to whether they have been vaccinated, with Spurrier expecting to be able to announce this information at tomorrow’s press conference to demonstrate the ability of the vaccine to protect against the disease.

All South Australians who have symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested on the day symptoms appear.

Symptoms include:

– Fever or chills (in the absence of an alternative illness that explains these symptoms)

– An acute respiratory infection e.g. cough, sore throat, runny nose, or shortness of breath

– Loss of smell or alteration in the sense of taste

– Diarrhoea and vomiting

For more information: SA COVID-19 Information Line 1800 253 787; sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVID2019.

CURRENT LIST OF EXPOSURE SITES

TIER 1 — GET TESTED IMMEDIATELY AND QUARANTINE FOR 14 DAYS WITH YOUR HOUSEHOLD

If you were at any of the below locations at the specified dates and times, you and your household members must:

* ASTERIX INDICATE NEW LOCATIONS/TIMES ADDED OR UPDATED – 21 JULY 2021

Adelaide – The Greek on Halifax

  • Saturday 17 July – 6.00 pm to 10.00 pm

Campbelltown – Mercato, 625-627 Lower North East Road, Campbelltown

  • Monday 12 July – 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm

Clovercrest – Drakes Supermarket, Clovercrest Shopping Centre

  • Wednesday 14 July – 11.00 am to 12.30 pm

Craigmore – Topz Shopz 3/2 Zurich Road, Craigmore

  • Sunday 18 July – 8.30 am to 9.15 am
  • Saturday 17 July – 11.00 am to 11.30 am

*Elizabeth – St George Bakehouse, Elizabeth City Centre

  • Monday 19 July – 11.45 am to 1.45 pm

*Elizabeth – The Way Cafe

  • Monday 19 July – 10.15 am to 12.00 pm

*Fairview Park – Coles Express

  • Monday 19 July – 9.00 am to 9.40 am

Fairview Park – Drummond Golf Tea Tree Gully Golf Club Pro Shop, Hamilton Road, Fairview Park

  • Monday 12 July 11.00 am to 12.00 pm and 4.00 pm to 5.00 pm

Felixstow – McDonald’s

  • Sunday 18 July – 10.00 am to 10.30 am

Glenside – Burnside Village

  • Sunday 18 July – 1.05 pm to 2.30 pm

Golden Grove – OPSM, Golden Grove Village Shopping Centre

  • Saturday 17 July – 3.00 pm to 4.45 pm

Greenacres – Coles, Greenacres Shopping Centre

  • Wednesday 14 July – 1.00 pm to 2.00 pm
  • Friday 16 July – 2.30 pm to 3.45 pm

Highbury – Dan Murphy’s

  • Wednesday 14 July – 3.30 pm to 4.45pm

Hindmarsh – Gaganis Bros

  • Friday 16 July – 1.00 pm to 2.30 pm

Hindmarsh – Meals on Wheels, A2 Manton Street, Hindmarsh

  • Monday 19 July – 6.30 am to 11.30 am

*Holden Hill – All Make Crash Repairs

  • Monday 19 July – 8.45 am to 9.20 am

Hope Valley – Pro Health Care Hope Valley Family Practice

  • Monday 12 July – 11.45 pm to 2.00 pm

Marion – Westminster School

  • Monday 19 July – 8.15 am to 4.30 pm

Marryatville – Woolworths, Kensington Rd

  • Sunday 18 July – 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm

Modbury – All That Mobile, Westfield Tea Tree Plaza Shopping Centre

  • Wednesday 14 July – 1.30 pm to 2.00 pm

Modbury – Bunnings

  • Saturday 17 July – 11.00 am to 12.15 pm

Modbury – Centrelink (customers and front door staff)

  • Friday 9 July – 12.00 pm to 2.00 pm

Modbury – Coles, Westfield Tea Tree Plaza Shopping Centre

  • Wednesday 14 July – 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm

Modbury – Commonwealth Bank

  • Wednesday 14 July – 10.30 am to 12.15 pm
  • Tuesday 13 July – 10.00 am to 11.15 am

Modbury – Food Court, Westfield Tea Tree Plaza Shopping Centre

  • Wednesday 14 July – 1.30 pm to 2.00 pm

Modbury – Foodland, Modbury Triangle Shopping Centre

  • Wednesday 14 July – 11.30 am to 12.30 pm

Modbury – Harris Scarfe, Westfield Tea Tree Plaza Shopping Centre

  • Wednesday 14 July – 1.30 pm to 2.00 pm

Modbury – JB Hi-Fi, 7 Smart Road, Modbury

  • Tuesday 13 July – 1.45 pm to 3.30 pm

Modbury – Kmart, Westfield Tea Tree Plaza Shopping Centre

  • Wednesday 14 July – 1.30 pm to 2.30 pm

Modbury – Service SA, 116 Reservoir Road, Modbury (customers and front door staff)

  • Tuesday 13 July – 10.30 am to 11.00 am

Munno Para – Caltex

  • Saturday 17 July – 9.10 am to 9.55 am

Munno Para – Chemist Warehouse, Munno Para Shopping Centre

  • Sunday 18 July – 5.30 pm to 6.00 pm

Munno Para – Dan Murphy’s

  • Sunday 18 July – 11.00 am to 11.45 am
  • Saturday 17 July – 10.30 am to 11.30 am

Munno Para – Foodland, Munno Para Shopping Centre

  • Sunday 18 July – 11.15 am to 12.00 pm
  • Saturday 17 July – 9.00 am to 10.00 am

Munno Para – Smokemart & GiftBox, Munno Para Shopping Centre

  • Sunday 18 July – 11.00 am to 11.45 am
  • Saturday 17 July – 9.10 am to 9.55 am

Munno Para – TAB, Munno Para Shopping Centre

  • Sunday 18 July – 10.45 am to 11.45 am
  • Saturday 17 July – 10.30 am to 11.30 am

North Adelaide – St Ann’s College

  • Tuesday 20 July – All day

Para Hills West – Gym24Seven

  • Monday 19 July – 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm

Ridgehaven – Chemist Warehouse, Pelican Plaza

  • Sunday 18 July – 5.40 pm to 6.00 pm

Salisbury Downs – Chiera & Sons Fresh Market (formerly Hollywood Fresh)

  • Sunday 18 July – 12.00 pm to 2.00 pm

*Seacliff – Casa Bambini Seacliff

  • Monday 19 July – 6.30 am – 6.00 pm

St Agnes – Aldi, St Agnes Shopping Centre

  • Tuesday 13 July – 10.20 am to 11.30 am

St Agnes – Coles, St Agnes Shopping Centre

  • Wednesday 14 July – 12.00 pm to 1.00 pm
  • Thursday 15 July – 10.30 am to 11.30 am

*Surrey Downs – Chemist King Discount Pharmacy

  • Monday 19 July – 5.15 pm to 6.30 pm

*Surrey Downs – Drakes

  • Friday 16 July – 11.10 am to 12.00 pm

*Surrey Downs – Smile Centre

  • Friday 16 July – 6.30 pm to 8.00 pm

*Surrey Downs – Surrey Downs Chicken & Takeaway

  • Friday 16 July – 11.30 am to 12.30 pm

Tailem Bend — OTR Motorsport Park service station, Dukes Highway

  • Friday 9 July — 7.20 am to 8.15 am

Tailem Bend — Coolabah Tree Cafe

  • Friday 9 July — 5.20 pm to 7.00 pm

Tailem Bend — Shell Coles Express Tailem Bend (including bathrooms)

  • Friday 9 July 5.20 pm to 7.00 pm

Unley – Whistle and Flute Cafe, 136 Greenhill Rd

  • Sunday 18 July – 8.30 am to 10.30 am

Yattalunga — Tenafeate Creek Wines

  • Sunday 18 July – 1.45 pm to 4.30 pm

TIER 2 — GET TESTED IMMEDIATELY AND QUARANTINE FOR 14 DAYS

If you were at any of the below locations at the specified dates and times, you must:

*Elizabeth – Elizabeth City Centre

  • Monday 19 July – 10.15 am to 1.45 pm

*Evanston – Gawler and District College B-12 (whole school)

  • Monday 19 July – 7.50 am to 3.30 pm

Golden Grove – Golden Grove Village Shopping Centre

  • Saturday 17 July – 3.00 pm to 4.45 pm

Golden Grove – The Grove Newsagency, Golden Grove Village Shopping Centre

  • Saturday 17 July – 3.30 pm to 3.45 pm

*Greenwith – Greenwith Primary School Oval

  • Monday 19 July – 2.45 pm to 3.45 pm

*Modbury – Centrelink (staff)

  • Friday 9 July – 12.00 pm to 2.00 pm

*Modbury – City of Tea Tree Gully Civic Centre (Library)

  • Saturday 10 July – 11.30 am to 1.00 pm

*Modbury – Modbury Hospital Emergency Department

  • Sunday 18 July – 10.30 pm to 11.30 pm

*Modbury – Service SA, 116 Reservoir Road, Modbury (staff only)

  • Tuesday 13 July – 10.30 am to 11.00 am

Modbury – Westfield Tea Tree Plaza Shopping Centre

  • Wednesday 14 July – 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm

St Agnes – St Agnes Shopping Centre

  • Tuesday 13 July – 10.20 am to 11.30 am

TIER 3 — GET TESTED IMMEDIATELY AND QUARANTINE UNTIL FIRST NEGATIVE

If you were at any of the below locations at the specified dates and times, you must:

  • get a COVID-19 test as soon as possible and quarantine until you receive a negative result
  • get tested again on day 5 and day 13 after the last day you were at the location. There is no requirement to quarantine after the day 5 and 13 test, unless you have symptoms.
  • complete this form to notify SA Health you were at this location.

Clovercrest — Clovercrest Shopping Centre

  • Wednesday 14 July – 10.30 am to 11.30 am

Fairview Park – Tea Tree Gully Golf Club, Hamilton Road, Fairview Park

  • Monday 12 July 11.00 am to 5.00 pm

*Gawler – Hungry Jacks

  • Monday 19 July – 7.45 am to 8.15 am

Greenacres – Greenacres Shopping Centre

  • Wednesday 14 July – 1.00 pm to 2.00 pm
  • *Friday 16 July – 3.30 pm to 5.00 pm

Munno Para – Munno Para Shopping Centre

  • Sunday 18 July – 10.45 am to 12.00 pm
  • Saturday 17 July – 9.00 am to 12.00 pm

TIER 4 — MONITOR FOR SYMPTOMS

If you were at the below location, monitor yourself for symptoms and get tested as soon as they develop.

Aberfoyle Park – Pine Reserve

  • Monday 19 July – 8.00 am to 9.00 am

Glenelg – Wigley Reserve

  • Friday 16 July – 12.30 pm to 1.15 pm

Wynn Vale — Wynn Vale Dam

  • Sunday 18 July – 9.45 am to 10.45 am

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