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COVID-19 SA Health updates

This page lists updates about COVID-19 from SA Health. When SA Health releases an update, we will add it to this page.

Update 12 – Friday 3 April 2020

Building capacity at Wakefield Hospital and Repat Health Precinct

A new $1.9 million CT-scanner and a VIE 7000 oxygen tank will arrive at the former Wakefield Hospital site today.

Significant works are also underway at the Repat where a crane is being used to install an important chiller to help service the facility’s soon-to be established 90 beds for coronavirus patients.

Two dedicated COVID-19 facilities at ECH College Grove and Wakefield Hospital are expected to be operational this month and will provide an additional 188 beds.

Stay at home this Easter and school holidays

The Chief Public Health Officer, Associate Professor Nicola Spurrier, along with mayors from Councils across South Australia are asking people to stay at home this Easter and school holidays, avoiding nonessential travel and reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19.

National update – places of worship

The Prime Minister has announced places of worship will be considered workplaces over Easter and will be able to live stream or broadcast religious services. Services will still have to adhere to social distancing restrictions.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

There have been 11 new cases of COVID-19 today bringing the total to 396 confirmed cases in South Australia since 1 February 2020.

To date, 46 people have been confirmed cleared of coronavirus, however we expect this number to increase as our data is updated.

We are continuing to investigate a cluster of 19 cases linked to baggage handlers at Adelaide Airport.

116 cases have been linked to cruise ships.

SA Health is your trusted source for information on COVID-19. For more information visit our website and follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

SA.GOV.AU is a dedicated COVID-19 gateway, linking to relevant information on state and federal government websites.

Previous updates

Update 11 – Thursday 2 April 2020

Flinders Medical Centre expansion

The expansion of the Flinders Medical Centre Emergency Department, as part of the $45.7 million Southern Health Expansion Plan, will commence today.

The expansion is being brought forward by four months to provide extra capacity throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Heat maps

Heat maps that identify confirmed COVID-19 cases since 1 February across metropolitan and regional South Australia are now available.

These maps show residences of confirmed and recovered cases, and will be updated on a daily basis to depict additional cases across the state.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

There have been 18 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the total to 385 confirmed cases in South Australia since 1 February 2020.

To date, 44 people have been confirmed cleared of coronavirus, however we expect this number to increase as our data is updated.

We are continuing to investigate a cluster of 17 cases linked to baggage handlers at Adelaide Airport.

Cases linked to the Ruby Princess cruise ship have increased by 3, to 81 people.

SA Health is your trusted source for information on COVID-19. For more information visit our website and follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

SA.GOV.AU is a dedicated COVID-19 gateway, linking to relevant information on state and federal government websites.

Update 10 – Wednesday 1 April 2020

Elective surgery update

All non-emergency and non-urgent elective surgeries, treatments and procedures will be cancelled from 11.59 pm Wednesday 1 April 2020.

The only surgical treatment that may be performed is emergency surgery and procedures that are required to prevent the loss of life, loss of limb or permanent disability.

Tanunda COVID-19 drive-through testing facility

A new COVID-19 drive-through testing facility opened today at Tanunda Memorial Hospital to assist with testing in the Barossa region, in addition to the testing clinic also located at Tanunda Hospital.

South Australia leads the country in testing

More than 27,500 coronavirus tests have been conducted across 54 testing sites, with 48 located in regional South Australia.

SA has performed 15,000 tests per million of population, well ahead of Australia’s average of 10,000 and ahead of overseas countries.

Additional contact tracing capacity in SA Health

The Communicable Disease Control Branch’s contact tracing team will be boosted by up to 300 additional staff, joining a team of around 140 experts, plus medical students who are assisting.

The additional staff will further improve our ability to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Emergency supply of medications

Pharmacists will now be able to dispense an emergency supply of essential medicines without the need for a prescription during the COVID-19 pandemic.

South Australian COVID-19 cases

There have been 30 more confirmed cases of COVID-19 today – bringing the total to 367 in South Australia since 1 February 2020.

Investigation is ongoing into the cluster of cases identified yesterday at Adelaide Airport. There have been 11 cases identified in baggage handlers and another 2 secondary cases in family, taking the cluster to a total of 13 cases.

As a result, the testing criteria has been expanded. Anyone who is sick with symptoms of coronavirus and have been at the airport, including in the terminal or car park, in the last 14 days should present for testing.

SA Health is your trusted source for information on COVID-19. For more information visit our website and follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

SA.GOV.AU is a dedicated COVID-19 gateway, linking to relevant information on state and federal government websites.

Update 9 – Tuesday 31 March 2020

SA COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line

SA Health has launched a new mental health support line to help support the health and wellbeing of South Australians during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trained Lifeline counsellors will receive calls and also provide a callback support service for people in distress, or who are in need of additional support caused by social isolation and long periods of quarantine.

The support line will be staffed seven days week, from 8am to 8pm and can be reached at 1800 632 753.

Mask manufacturing in South Australia

SA Health has partnered with Adelaide-based company Detmold to source 10 machines to manufacture 45 million N95/P2 medical respirator and Level 3 barrier protection surgical masks for use in South Australia.
This will ensure that Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is reserved for frontline staff treating patients who are suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19.

South Australian COVID-19 cases

There have been 337 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Australia since 1 February 2020.

We have identified a cluster of 6 cases in baggage handlers at Adelaide Airport. Approximately 100 further staff from the airport are quarantining. We are working with Qantas to continue to investigate the issue.

SA Health is your trusted source for information on COVID-19. For more information visit our website and follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

SA.GOV.AU is a dedicated COVID-19 gateway, linking to relevant information on state and federal government websites.

Update 8 – Monday 30 March 2020

South Australia’s Chief Public Health Officer issued a public health alert on Sunday 29 March for areas within the Barossa region after 34 confirmed cases of COVID-19 were linked to the area.

  • Anyone who has visited or lives in Tanunda, Nuriootpa, Williamstown, Angaston and Lyndoch from Saturday 14 March 2020 and develops symptoms should immediately self-isolate and seek testing.
  • SA Health has established a COVID-19 testing clinic at Tanunda War Memorial Hospital for people with symptoms.
  • Schools have closed in the affected towns and non-essential travel in these areas is discouraged.
  • More information is available on the SA Health website.

In other updates:

  • National Cabinet has issued further recommendations on non-essential businesses and gatherings.
  • South Australians over 70 years of age and 60 years of age (with existing health conditions) are strongly encouraged to stay at home as much as possible.
  • The Premier has thanked South Australians for their actions and commitment in flattening the curve and adhering to recommendations.

South Australian COVID-19 cases

There have been 305 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Australia since 1 February 2020.

While the majority of cases can be traced to overseas travel, interstate travel or confirmed contact of a known case, SA Health is investigating a total of three cases of community transmission within South Australia.

SA Health is your trusted source for information on COVID-19. For more information visit our website and follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

SA.GOV.AU is a dedicated COVID-19 gateway, linking to relevant information on state and federal government websites.

Update 7 – Friday 27 March 2020

A quick summary of the South Australian COVID-19 stats:

  • 22 additional people tested positive today (27 March).
  • 257 confirmed cases in total.
  • Only 2 of the 257 cases have recorded no interstate or overseas travel and are classed as local transmission.
  • All other confirmed cases have recently returned from overseas, interstate, or are a close contact of a previously confirmed case.
  • 6 South Australians are receiving care at the Royal Adelaide Hospital’s Intensive Critical Care Unit.
  • 53 cases are linked to the Ruby Princess Cruise Ship (77 cases in total linked to cruise ships).
  • As of 26 March, >6,650 people have been tested at metro COVID clinics and SA Pathology has undertaken >23,500 tests.

To help flatten the curve, remember to practice social distancing and help stop the spread by practising good hand hygiene and covering coughs and sneezes.

In other updates:

  • From 11.59pm, Saturday 27 March, States and Territories will be quarantining all arrivals to Australia for two weeks in hotels and other facilities, with the Australian Defence Force assisting with enforcement compliance checks.
  • BreastScreen SA has suspended its breast cancer screening program to protect the health of clients and staff during the COVID-19 outbreak. For more information, please visit the SA Health website.

SA Health is your trusted source for information on COVID-19. For more information visit our website and follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Update 6 – Thursday 26 March 2020

A dedicated state hotline is now available to South Australians and will provide local information on COVID-19 (8am to 8pm, seven days): SA COVID-19 Information Line - 1800 253 787

A COVID-19 gateway, linking to relevant information on state and federal government websites, has also been established: www.sa.gov.au/covid-19.

In other updates:

  • The Department for Education announced four pupil free days before Easter (Monday 6 to Thursday 9 April) for all public schools and preschools.
  • Clarifications have been made by the Commonwealth Government to previously announced restrictions around funerals and hairdressing.
  • The deadline for the cancellation of semi-urgent category two and three elective surgeries in private hospitals has been extended until 11.59pm on 1 April 2020. Patients should contact their GP or treating clinician for further information.

South Australian COVID-19 cases

Since 1 February 2020, there have been 235 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Australia.

Of these, 60 cases can be directly linked to travel on cruise liners.

There are no reports of any additional cases of local transmission.

SA Health is your trusted source for information on COVID-19.

For more information visit our website and follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Update 5 – Wednesday 25 March 2020

The health workforce will be boosted with highly skilled nurses and midwives in the health workforce as part of the COVID-19 pandemic response.

The State Government has begun fast-tracking recruitment of nurses and midwives with a range of skills including intensive care, home care and aged care.

As part of the initiative, SA Health will work with education partners in the rapid upskilling of nurses for support in areas of need, including ICU-level care.

In other updates:

  • Non-urgent elective surgeries in Australia's public and private hospitals will be banned from midnight in a bid to preserve the healthcare system to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • New restrictions have been issued on non-essential businesses and activities.
  • The Prime Minister announced a ban on Australians travelling overseas.

South Australian COVID-19 cases

Since 1 February 2020, there have been 197 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Australia.

While the majority of cases can be traced to overseas travel, interstate travel or confirmed contact of a known case, SA Health has identified two cases of local community transmission.

There is an ongoing investigation into cluster of cases at Lyndoch Hill Winery and Chateau in the Barossa. Anyone who attended the winery on or after 14 March and are now unwell should self-isolate and seek testing.

SA Health is your trusted source for information on COVID-19.

For more information visit our website and follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

SA.GOV.AU is now a dedicated COVID-19 gateway, linking to relevant information on state and federal government websites.

Update 4 – Tuesday 24 March 2020

A second metropolitan COVID-19 drive-through facility has opened today at Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre, in Adelaide’s North East, to further increase the testing options for South Australians.

The drive-through facility is an effective, safe and convenient method to enable people with a GP referral to be tested for COVID-19.

The facility at Hampstead is one of many dedicated COVID-19 facilities across metropolitan and regional areas. More information about testing centres locations can be found here.

In other updates:

  • SA Health has developed a Fact Sheet for businesses and organisations about what to do if a person at work is being tested or has tested positive for COVID-19. It also provides advice for good hygiene and cleaning practices and social distancing in the workplace.
  • Border control enforcement officially came into effect at 4pm today for travellers entering South Australia. Police will be stopping travellers at checking points and names and details will be recorded, including their South Australian address for the period of self-quarantine.

Exemptions are available to people entering the state who are classified as an ‘essential traveller’. More information is available on the South Australian Police website.

South Australian COVID-19 cases

Since 1 February 2020, there have been 170 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Australia.

While the majority of cases can be traced to overseas travel, interstate travel or confirmed contact of a known case, SA Health is investigating the first potential case of community transmission within South Australia.

SA Health is your trusted source for information on COVID-19.

For more information visit our website and follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Update 3 – Monday 23 March 2020

The State Government has directed all people entering South Australia to self-isolate for 14-days from their arrival.

This will apply immediately to returning South Australians and other travellers, supported by border control from 4pm on Tuesday 24 March. Border orders, including specific exemptions, will be finalised prior to the enforcement on Tuesday.

Testing criteria for COVID-19 has also expanded in South Australia to include anyone who has travelled from interstate in the last seven days and has new respiratory symptoms.

In other updates:

  • The Commonwealth Government has issued new restrictions on private and public gatherings. More information can be found on the  Department of Health’s website.
  • Vulnerable South Australians will be supported by a dedicated telehealth service available to Cystic Fibrosis patients and their families. In partnership with The Hospital Research Foundation, patients with Cystic Fibrosis will be treated at home, with appropriate medical technology to easily monitor lung capacity and possible infections, keeping them out of hospital during the pandemic.
  • Two advertising campaigns will launch this week to inform the general public of the steps they can take to stop the spread of infectious diseases, such as coronavirus and flu, and provide information on social distancing.

South Australian COVID-19 cases

Since 1 February 2020, there have been 134 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Australia.

All cases can be traced to overseas travel, interstate travel or confirmed contact of a known case. There is no evidence of any community transmission within South Australia to date.

SA Health is your trusted source for information on COVID-19.

For more information visit our website and follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Update 2 – Friday 20 March 2020

A multi-agency COVID-19 Command Centre within SA Health headquarters was launched today as part of the State Government’s coordinated whole-of-government plan and response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The new COVID-19 Command Centre includes representatives from key agencies including SAPOL, South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service and South Australian Ambulance Service working together to enable a comprehensive state-wide response, including the rapid planning and coordination of resources.

Also today, watch the latest video from SA Health’s Chief Public Health Officer, Assoc Prof Nicola Spurrier, to find out what actions we can all take to stop the spread of COVID-19 in South Australia.

In other updates:

  • The Commonwealth Government has provided an update on new social distancing for indoor gatherings of less than 100 requiring a 4 square metres per person rule, additional funding to support the aged care sector and travel restrictions into remote Indigenous communities.
  • More information can be found on the Commonwealth Government’s website www.health.gov.au

South Australia COVID-19 cases

Since 1 February 2020, there have been 50 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Australia.

All cases can be traced to direct have overseas travel, interstate travel or confirmed contact of a known case. There is no evidence of any community transmission within South Australia.

SA Health is your trusted source for information on COVID-19.

For more information visit our website and follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Update 1 – Friday 20 March 2020

Dedicated facilities will soon open to care for South Australians as part of the State Government’s plans to create additional capacity across the health system in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Both Calvary College Grove facility in Collinswood and the old Wakefield Hospital will be activated in the coming weeks to care for an additional 188 patients.

In addition, the Royal Adelaide Hospital will be a dedicated COVID-19 treatment facility for adults, Flinders Medical Centre for high risk pregnant women and the Women’s and Children’s Hospital will treat paediatric patients.

In other updates,

  • In recent days, the Commonwealth Government has announced new restrictions on visits to aged care facilities; overseas travel restrictions; and bans for non-essential indoor gatherings of greater than 100 people.
  • More information can be found on the Commonwealth Government’s website: www.health.gov.au

South Australia COVID-19 cases

Since 1 February 2020, there have been 42 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Australia.

All cases can be traced to direct have overseas travel, interstate travel or confirmed contact of a known case. There is no evidence of any community transmission within South Australia.

SA Health is your trusted source for information on COVID-19.

For more information visit our website and follow us on Facebook or Twitter.