COVID-19

New COVID positive truck driver case as private event restrictions ease

Premier Steven Marshall, Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier and Police Commissioner Grant Stevens addressed the South Australian public today with an update on the current COVID situation in South Australia.

Premier Steven Marshall, Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier and Police Commissioner Grant Stevens addressed the South Australian public today with an update on the current COVID situation in South Australia.

Firstly, Marshall announced that there will be massive ramping of vaccinations at the Wayville clinic seeing the clinic go from 42 bays up to 96 bays. Marshall said they are looking for more and more opportunities to get more vaccines administered right around the state and the country.

This comes following the country’s announcement that a further 4 million vaccines are coming from the UK with first half million arriving yesterday.

Following this, Marshall announced that there is a sixth driver who is currently being monitored and there is 991 people in directed quarantine in South Australia with roughly 90% of those already returning a negative test result.

Professor Nicola Spurrier then spoke and detailed the sixth truck driver who has tested positive after passing through the state from 2 – 3 September. He was carrying timber so there may be a number of timber yards in our state however this is currently under investigation.

Spurrier noted there is a now a new exposure location linked to the new case, that is likely to be a BP Station and Wingfield and will be listed officially on the SA Health website soon.

Additional information continues to come in, and Spurrier noted that exposure locations will continue to come up as a result of the developing situation.

The transition committee met this morning and have decided there will be some minor reductions in restrictions to private events.

Police Commissioner Grant Stevens went on to discuss that there will be no changes to borders however the wedding sector has been heavily considered and restrictions revised.

Private activities – previously restricted to 50 – will now be expanded to 150 people. This is allowed as long as there is a QR code, an independent COVID marshal and 1 person per 2 sqm ruling. You can stand up to drink, however dancing is still restricted to the bridal party.

This change in private event restrictions is not just for weddings, and will be allowed for all private events.

This announcement comes following last nights news of new and updated exposure locations linked to the COVID positive truck drivers who passed through the state. The updated information is as follows:

TIER 1 EXPOSURE SITES:

If you were at the below location at the specified date and time, you and your household contacts 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. 

WINGFIELD – AMPOL FOODARY WINGFIELD, 664-668 SOUTH RD

·        Tuesday 31 August – 6.45am to 8.30am (updated time)

Upon further investigation, the below location is no longer considered to be COVID-19 exposure location. People who visited this location at the time below are no longer required to quarantine, unless they are a confirmed close contact or visited another exposure site. If you have symptoms, seek testing as soon as possible and quarantine while awaiting your result.

PINNAROO – OTR PINNAROO, 6-8 MALLEE HWY

·       Tuesday 31 August – 10.15pm to 11.15pm

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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