Dr Nicola Spurrier, Chief Health Officer, and Minster Wade addressed the South Australian public today regarding the ongoing COVID-19 situation.
First some good news. SA reached 70% of at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccination.
For the 4th day in a row we have a positive case, this time in Mount Gambier, after the person had been in Victoria. It’s a woman in her 40s, who crossed the border in the border bubble.
She had symptoms from the 26th of September and went to get tested straight away. Luckily she didn’t go anywhere, but she does have 4 children from aged 13 to 18. All children test results have all come back negative. She is quite unwell, so she is being transferred to the Royal Adelaide so she can be treated and monitored. Her young family will travel with her, and remain in quarantine.
As a result of this case, new localised restrictions for Mount Gambier will apply.
The border bubble will reduce from 70kms to 30kms for a 7 day period. Dr Nicola Spurrier has asked anyone considering crossing the border in the border bubble to reconsider if it’s not crucial.
This woman stayed with relatives in Casterton, within the border bubble zone, so that area is now under investigation.
This time next week, to cross the border, you’ll need at least one vaccine.
Testing every 7 days will be reimposed for those crossing the border in that border bubble. Further changes may be required.
This follows yesterday press conference, where two new cases were announced, a male in his 20s, who is an overseas arrival and in a medi-hotel, and a woman in her 30s who returned from Victoria on October 1st who was tested on arrived, and received a positive result. She had two doses of the Pfizer vaccination.
There are a total of 12 contacts identified for the woman, and they’re undertaking quarantine. The truck driver from earlier in the week only had 2 contacts, and they have both come back negative.
SA Health maintains 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