As of this afternoon, the Barossa will no longer be classified as a COVID-19 high risk area. Having been assessed by SA Health authorities, the state’s Chief Public Health Officer, Professor Nicola Spurrier, today wrote to the Barossa Council Mayor, Bim Lange, advising him of the positive development.
In a jubilant Facebook post, the Honourable Stephan Knoll MP thanked everyone in the Barossa community for their efforts and for doing the right thing.
“Together we stayed home, stopped the spread and knocked this cluster on the head!” wrote Knoll.
As of April 26, a total of 42 cases from the area had been notified to SA Health’s Communicable Disease Control Branch. The majority of these cases (39) were associated with two tour group clusters from the USA and Switzerland. Two cases were close contacts of a known case and one case was a local transmission with no identified close contact. The most recent date of symptom onset amongst all 42 cases was March 31.
Despite the downgrade, SA Health has recommended that the region should maintain the same restrictions that are currently in place across the rest of the state.