COVID-19

SA COVID-19 cases drop to 2,193 with three deaths reported

Premier Steven Marshall addressed the South Australian public this afternoon with the latest information on the evolving COVID-19 situation in SA.

Premier Steven Marshall addressed the South Australian public this afternoon with the latest information on the evolving COVID-19 situation in SA.

Marshall said there has been a significant drop in cases today with 2,193 new cases of COVID-19 detected in SA. He commented this is the lowest number of cases reported for a very long time.

Of these, 1613 were PCR tests and 580 were positive RAT tests.

“We had hot conditions yesterday which may have caused a delay in PCR testing during the day,” he said.

“Swabs were taken later in the day so it’s possible we will see more tomorrow.”

Sadly, three people have died in the last 24 hours while positive to COVID-19. The details of these deaths will be released later today.

There are currently 275 patients in hospital which is the lowest amount in the last 4 to 5 days. He said 37 people are in ICU and 7 of those are on a ventilator.

Marshall said that yesterday, there was a total of 17,940 tests taken with 12,565 PCR and 5,375 RAT packs distributed. He said that SA is in no shortage of RATs with 200,000 arriving into the state daily.

The RAT collection site in the parklands has been reduced from six lanes down to three lanes, with Marshall commenting that the higher number of lanes was not a good use of resources.

“Numbers aren’t quite what they were when we first opened the site,” he said.

Marshall reiterated that the state is now at or slightly past the peak of the Omicron wave. He said however that this state is all dependent on people following the right behaviours. This includes maintaining social distancing, checking in with QR codes and wearing face masks.

“As long as behaviour doesn’t change, we can safely say we have past the peak,” Marshall said.

Commenting on the newly announced return to work plan, Marshall said we are the first state in the nation to move away from the work from home order.

It was announced yesterday that as of January 27, the state will slowly encourage people to return to work with 25 per cent of a workplace’s staff initially.

Offices will work in a 1×4 sqm density, so there is enough space to be spread out. 

You may not always receive a call, SMS or email from SA Health.

You must follow the relevant health advice even if you have not been contacted.

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

For more information on health advice and requirements for households, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing.

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

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