COVID-19

No new cases for SA as dedicated vaccine facilities open for aged care staff

Dedicated vaccine facilities have been announced across Adelaide for aged care workers of all ages, who can book in for their jab using their payslip.

SA Health have provided a COVID update on South Australia’s containment of the Delta strain this afternoon, announcing the positive news that no new cases were identified in the state overnight. 

Two existing cases, a woman in her 50s and a woman in her 40s were however admitted to the Royal Adelaide Hospital overnight, joining two other COVID patients who were admitted to hospital during last week’s lockdown, a man in his 80s and a woman in her 80s. In encouraging news, all four cases remain in a stable condition. 

The news comes as NSW continues to struggle in its battle to contain the Delta outbreak, with a further 170 cases announced today, the source of 93 cases is still under investigation, with 77 linked to an existing Sydney cluster. 

In regards to South Australia’s vaccine efforts a number of dedicated vaccination clinics opening up to administer the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine to aged care facility staff of all ages. 

A huge number of individuals are eligible for the aged care vaccine roll out including health practitioners, personal care workers, kitchen staff, cleaners and administrative staff. 

Aged care workers can prove their eligibility through their payslip, work identification or a letter from their employer, booking in their Pfizer vaccine at any of the Highgate Park, Enfield or Medindie dedicated vaccination centres. 

More information on booking your appointment can be found on the SA Health website here.

The update comes as South Australians face their third day of an increased level of pre-lockdown restrictions, including no singing or dancing, seated consumption of food and beverages only and a 1 per 4 square metre density requirement in hospitality venues.

South Aussies have also been told to consider masks as the ‘new normal’ until a high level of vaccination has been achieved across the country.

Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier said it was likely that the state would see a small spike in cases over the next few days, due to the virus’s 14 day incubation period.

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.

Symptoms include:

– 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.

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