08/09/2020

There has been one new case of COVID-19 today. There have now been a total of 465 cases reported in SA.

New case, old infection

Today’s case is a woman in her 30s who arrived from overseas and tested positive to COVID-19. She is currently in hotel quarantine in SA and is not considered infectious. The current result represents an old infection.

As this is her first COVID-19 test, her positive result has been added to our state tally.

As we go forward, we know we'll continue to see more and more of these old cases that are not active or infectious. With more COVID-19 in the world, our testing will pick up old infections and if they have not been previously tested elsewhere, the positives will add to our local results.

When we receive the results that indicate an old infection, we do further serology testing to 100 per cent confirm it is an old case that poses no public health risk, which is exactly what has occurred today.

New Rapid Response Nursing and Midwifery Service

The new Rapid Response Nursing and Midwifery Service will see the recruitment of up to 150 dedicated nurses and midwives to deliver state's response to COVID-19.

A leadership team is also being established to strengthen and coordinate the response and includes the roles of Director of Nursing for the COVID-19 Rapid Response Nursing and Midwifery Service and a new Nursing/Midwifery Director – Medi-hotel. These roles will commence in the coming weeks.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 1 new case today
  • 0 active COVID-19 cases
  • 3,498 tests yesterday
  • 404,963 tests in total
  • 465 confirmed cases in total
  • 461 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

If you have, or if you know someone with symptoms of COVID-19, encourage them to seek testing. Once you get a test, return home immediately and wait for your results. If you receive a negative test result, you should still stay at home and not attend work, school or childcare until you are feeling well again.

Do not go to public places if you are unwell – this includes work, education, childcare, shopping centres, sporting events, social or religious gatherings.

Everyone must continue to follow measures that will help stop the spread. Practice good hygiene, keep 1.5 metres distance from others and stay at home if you are unwell.

People experiencing any of the following symptoms should be tested for COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills (in the absence of an alternative illness that explains these symptoms)
  • An acute respiratory infection e.g. symptoms of cough, sore throat, runny nose, or shortness of breath
  • Loss of smell or alteration in the sense of taste

Call the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787, or go to Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), for more information.