COVID-19

2 new cases confirmed in truck drivers as concern for SA grows

Spurrier delivered some concerning news for South Australia with a number of truck drivers that have entered the state and tested positive.

Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier addressed the South Australian public today providing an update on the latest COVID news in South Australia.

Spurrier delivered some concerning news for South Australia with a number of truck drivers that have entered the state and tested positive.

There are now five positive cases in truck drivers in the last six days, with the initial two from NSW going through Port Augusta and Ceduna over last week with the numbers continuing to rise among other drivers.

Spurrier said that the third truck driver came from NSW too, travelling through SA and receiving a positive result on 30 August. He had a test in NSW on Saturday 28 August and had not received the positive result until after passing through SA, which saw him notify his workplace who got hold of those who were working around him and put them into quarantine.

The fourth truck driver is a man in his 20s who has now left South Australia. He had a test on 31 August, and since travelling back to Victoria has returned a positive result.

The fifth driver and his possible exposure locations are currently being identified with what Spurrier says is an extremely timely situation to protect the state.

Those who have been in the exposure locations as previously listed have been contacted by health officials via SMS and need to be tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days. A Port Wakefield testing clinic has now opened from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

Officials have identified 144 close contacts with 40 of them having been directed into quarantine.

Spurrier also spoke on another concern following the detection of COVID-19 in waste water in the Hallett Cove/Sheidow Park and Salisbury areas however said this was still being investigated.

This announcement comes following Police Commissioner Grant Stevens press conference yesterday that provided a brief update on South Australia’s current COVID-19 situation, outlining border updates and news on changes to private gathering restrictions.

All restrictions that were in place with Katherine in the Northern Territory have been lifted, with Stevens also announcing that private gatherings in South Australia will soon see a relaxation in restrictions pending an update from SA Health.

This came after the recent positive test results of three truck drivers from New South Whales who have since sparked concern in the state with new exposure sites identified in previous days.

If you attended an exposure location below, you are required to follow the relevant health advice.

⚠ TIER 1 EXPOSURE SITES

If you were at the below locations at the specified date and time, you AND your household contacts must:

Ceduna – IOR Petroleum Ceduna, 92 McKenzie St

Saturday 21 August – 3.45pm to 5.45pm▫
Saturday 21 August – 10.00pm to 10.30pm▫
Thursday 26 August – 5.30am to 6.30am

Ceduna – OTR Ceduna, 35 Eyre Hwy

Saturday 21 August – 3.45pm to 5.45pm▫
Thursday 26 August – 5.30am to 6.30am

Nundroo – Nundroo Mobile Roadhouse, Eyre Highway, Nundroo

Saturday 21 August – 7.15pm to 8.30pm

Port Augusta – IOR Petroleum Port Augusta (South), Northern Power Station Rd

Saturday 21 August – 12pm to 12.30pm▫
Sunday 22 August – 4.05am to 4.35am▫
Wednesday 25 August – 11.30pm to midnight▫
Thursday 26 August – 12.00am to 12.30am

Port Augusta – OTR Port Augusta, cnr Augusta Highway and Northern Power Station Rd

Saturday 21 August – 12.00pm to 12.50pm▫
Sunday 22 August – 4.20am to 5.05am▫
Wednesday 25 August – 11.30pm to midnight▫
Thursday 26 August – 12.00am to 12.30am

⚠ TIER 2 EXPOSURE SITES (NEW LOCATION ADDED)

If you were at the below locations at the specified date and time, you must:

Port Wakefield – On the Run Port Wakefield, 22 Snowtown Rd 

*Monday 30 August – 1.50pm to 3.20pm

⚠ TIER 4 EXPOSURE SITES (NEW LOCATION ADDED)

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

Gepps Cross – Metcash Distribution Centre, 50 Port Wakefield Rd

*Monday 30 August – 8.30am to 9.30am

ℹ If you were at any of the above locations, but not at the specified date and time, monitor yourself for symptoms and get tested as soon as symptoms develop.

ℹ You may not always receive a call, SMS or email from SA Health. You must follow the relevant health advice even if you have not been contacted.

ℹ If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, please seek testing as soon as possible.

ℹ Find your nearest testing site at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDtesting

ℹ More information is available at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing

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