Premier Steven Marshall has today been identified as a close contact and will therefore be in isolation. Like many throughout South Australia and the country, Marshall has been in contact with a COVID-19 positive case and is now following the required advice.
“Today I learned that my daughter has tested positive to COVID-19,” Marshall said in a statement.
“I had dinner with her Thursday night and am therefore a close contact. I have gone straight to get a PCR test at one of our many testing sites and will undertake my 7-day isolation period, as so many South Australians are also doing.
“I have no symptoms and am feeling well. I will continue to chair the daily Covid Ready Committee meetings and continue to lead our pandemic response.
“I thank all South Australians who are doing the right thing and isolating if they have Covid or are a close contact.”
The news comes after Marshall addressed the South Australian public today with the latest information on the evolving COVID-19 situation in SA.
Marshall announced today that a further five people have passed away while being COVID-positive. One was aged in their 50s, one in their 60s, one in their 70s and two in their 90s.
He said there has been an increase in new cases with 4,274 new cases reported today. There has been an increase in hospitalisations with 164 people currently in hospital with COVID.
Marshall said the state is still well within its capacity to process these patients. There are 16 individuals in ICU maintained and two are ventilators.
Currently 92.9% of eligible South Australians aged 12+ have received their first dose of the vaccine, 88.8% have received their second dose and there were 15,915 booster shots given yesterday bring the total booster shots to 231,081.
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.
For more information visit https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/ or call the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787.