South Australia is officially on day two of its emergence from a snap lockdown that went into effect on 21 July. Since then, a number of restrictions have been brought into place for a further week, with yesterday seeing a second day of zero cases linked to the Modbury cluster.
Premier Steven Marshall this morning announced that there has been two confirmed cases today, both linked to the Modbury cluster.
Updating the state in a press conference this afternoon, Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier confirmed both new cases have been in quarantine, posing no immediate threat to the community.
Both cases are associated with the Modbury cluster and are both currently in medi-hotel facilities.
A woman in her 80’s, the wife of a man already positive in Tom’s Court and a man in his 40’s who is a family member of one of the previous cases.
There remain only two South Australians in hospital following the recent outbreak, both of whom are in their 80s but remain stable.
The new cases now set the total number linked to the Delta outbreak in South Australia at 21, all connected to the Modbury cluster that formed after an 81 year old gentleman returned from hotel quarantine in NSW, where he spent a considerable amount of time in a Sydney hospital, where it is likely he gained the infection.
There are currently an estimated 20,000 South Australians who have been at an exposure site, although not all of these are Tier 1 and 2 and so not all are required to isolate. Spurrier urged that we are still likely to see positive cases come through, despite coming out of lockdown, and was keen for anyone experiencing symptoms to immediately isolate and get themselves tested.
Also present was Health Minister Stephen Wade, who urged those who are in quarantine to stay there as directed, and to undertake a new test if they have been prompted to do so by SA Health.
Premier Steven Marshall this morning also touched on the current border situation with Victoria and South Australia, stating that it is very unlikely the 40km buffer either side of the border will be changed today.
Marshall also noted that international flights to South Australia will commence from today.
The lift of the lockdown in SA does not extend to those who are currently in quarantine, and they must continue to follow their directed advice from health authorities.
A large number of new restrictions came into effect just after midnight this morning as lockdown came to an end, including the widespread use of masks in offices and secondary schools:
- Density requirement of 1 person per 4 square metres for all businesses & church services
- Food and beverage consumption seated only (outdoor and indoor)
- Shisha, dancing, singing restrictions to continue
- Masks in high risk settings, personal care services, indoor public places, passenger transport services, healthcare services, theatres
- Masks are strongly encouraged everywhere else, including workplace common areas
- Household and private gatherings maximum 10 people including members of household
- Weddings and funerals maximum 50 people
- Gyms may reopen with density of 1 person per 8 square metres in first instance
COVID-19 TESTING SITE UPDATES
The Victoria Park / Pakapakanthi COVID-19 drive-through testing site hasnow reopened.
The Aldinga GP Plus Health Care Centre COVID-19 drive-through testing site is currently closed.
The Mile End Netball Stadium COVID-19 walk-in testing site is currently open 24/7.
Follow SA Health’s post on Facebook (link here) for the latest updates on testing sites impacted by the weather. To find an alternative COVID-19 testing site near you, please visit: sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDtesting
All South Australians who have symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested on the day symptoms appear.
– 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.