State officials are tackling the new COVID-19 case from a female Woodville High School student with increased testing sites and further quarantines.
SA Premier, Steven Marshall says that close to 5000 South Australians are now in quarantine to reduce the spread of this virus, particularly from the Parafield cluster.
With testing numbers reaching close to 10,000, Mr Marshall says that testing numbers in the coming days are critical in stopping this cluster.
SA Health Chief Public Health Officer, Nicola Spurrier has said that the young woman who presented as a case yesterday is a teenager at Woodville High School and she likely acquired the virus at Woodville Pizza Bar on November 14.
A large number of parents and students from Woodville High School have quarantined.
Professor Spurrier stated that the results from this case have not been fully straightforward with SA Health still in process of conducting a risk assessment on how infectious she is.
Woodville High School will be providing close contacts rolling updates.
To accommodate for a rise in potential testing numbers, SA Health are increasing testing sites, and messaging around Woodville and surrounding suburbs.
QR COVID Safe check in
Mr Marshall confirmed today that the QR Code technology will launch on December 1.
The COVID Safe Check In will be accessible through the MySA GOV app.
The data will only be available for 28 days and only accessible to SA Health staff.
Paper check in will be available in businesses for those who don’t have phones.
Professor Spurrier says that this will speed up the contact process for new cases.
There has also been another new case found in SA, from a male in his 40s who is known to be a close contact linked to the cluster.
The individual was already in quarantine with his family, however, due to the circuit breaker, Professor Spurrier says that there’s no further risk of infection from him.
There are currently 4,800 close contacts in quarantine.
New testing site
As of Friday, a new pop-up testing clinic will open in the Adelaide Showgrounds in Wayville.
With a series of extremely hot days approaching, Professor Spurrier says that the new clinic will prevent long waiting times in cars as it is fully air conditioned and walk in.
Black Friday sale
Professor Spurrier also called for South Australians to wear masks when shopping through malls for Black Friday.
Peppers Hotel update
Of the Pepper’s Hotel employees, over 95% have returned with negative tests. The remaining results will be unveiled in the coming days.
The Transition Committee will meet tomorrow to discuss further easing restrictions.