09/08/2020

There have been no new cases of COVID-19 today. There has been a total of 459 cases reported in SA.

There are now eight active cases in SA and 447 people have been cleared of COVID-19. There have been four reported deaths from COVID-19.

However, a male in his 30s who travelled to South Australia from Victoria as an essential freight worker, received an interstate positive COVID-19 test result whilst in South Australia. There was one close contact identified who travelled with this person. However upon entering South Australia, both men followed all necessary protocols and pose no risk to the South Australian community.

Under the Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 10) (COVID-19) Direction 2020, these protocols include quarantining whilst in South Australia, wearing a face mask in public, keeping a record of close contacts, and undertaking a COVID-19 test every seven days. Both men have now returned to Victoria.

In addition, another male in his 30s, who has travelled from NSW, has tested positive to COVID-19 in South Australia. He was a confirmed case in NSW and was released from isolation as per standard national protocols. He was not considered infectious whilst in South Australia and the current result represents an old infection.

Neither of these cases will count towards South Australian COVID-19 case numbers.

More than 285,000 tests have been undertaken. All of our dedicated metropolitan COVID-19 clinics no longer require GP referral or a booking to attend.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks in Victoria and New South Wales and the risk they pose to SA, assessment and approval of certain activities and venues that require a COVID Management Plan continue to be temporarily paused while the risks can be assessed.

There is a significantly higher risk of COVID-19 due to current outbreaks interstate. If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, no matter how mild, you need to get tested as soon as possible.

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 www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVID2019, for more information.