COVID-19

New COVID case and exposure sites as infectious truck driver travels through SA

Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier addressed the South Australian public today regarding one new positive case of a truck driver taking the states total active cases to 2.

Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier addressed the South Australian public today regarding one new positive case of a truck driver taking the state’s total active cases to two.

Spurrier said the truck driver was a man travelling through the state this week. Having complied with the state’s new rules regarding truck drivers, the infected man had previously tested negative at the required test on the September 26. He then tested positive last night September 29 at Tailem Bend. The man, who is in his 20s, had traveled to and from Melbourne and had received his first vaccination dose. He was due to have his second shot next week.

Spurrier said that with the high community cases in SA’s neighbouring Eastern states, it is not unexpected that yet another truck driver has tested positive. Spurrier stressed that they believe this case is an early positive, with the man early in his infectious period.

The SA truck driver’s wife, child and the wife’s parents who live in the same household have all tested negative to COVID so far. They will all go into quarantine. Both the wife and her parents were fully vaccinated, with the child too young to receive their vaccination.

The wife, who worked at an aged care facility, has received her full vaccination. The entire cohort at the aged care facility had been completely vaccinated, and a further 94% of the residents fully vaccinated as well.

TIER 2 EXPOSURE SITES:

Bp Truckstop, 14 Dukes Hwy, Keith SA

  • September 28

Liberty, 380 North East Road, Windsor Gardens SA

  • September 28
  • bp Truckstop, Grand Junction Road, Dunstan Rd, Wingfield SA 

  • September 28
  • Caltex Bolivar Gardens, 965 Port Wakefield Rd, Bolivar SA

  • September 29
  • Ampol Foodary Wingfield, 664-668 South Rd, Wingfield SA

  • September 28
  • “We don’t have any further public exposure sites with this case, and I am hopeful we won’t have any community transmission as a result of this,” Spurrier said.

    “It does give a good example of why we need to have full vaccinations, and I was very pleased to hear about this particular nursing home having vaccine coverage.”

    Spurrier provided an update on the state’s vaccination rates, announcing that SA had reached the 50% milestone mark for fully vaccinated adults. She believes that the state is on track to hit 70% of South Australians having their first shot in their arm across the weekend.

    If you were at the locations at the specified date and time, you must immediately quarantine for 14 days since you were at the location, get tested immediately and get tested again on day 5 and day 13. Visit the SA Health website to complete an online form and notify SA Health you were at this location. 

    Spurrier has maintained that checking in with QR codes is still extremely important, as is making sure you are getting your vaccines.

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

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

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

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