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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 56 – Friday 3 July 2020

COVID-19 vaccine trial

The first human trials of a COVID-19 vaccine developed in Australia have begun at PARC Clinical Research at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. 

The first stage of the trial will involve 40 pre-screened candidates receiving two doses of the vaccine three weeks apart.

Results of the first trial will available in around two months’ time.

COVIDSafe Awards nomination closing

Nominations for the SA COVIDSafe Awards close on Sunday 5 July. 

The Awards recognise South Australian businesses and defined public activities that have demonstrated innovation and compliance with COVID-19 directions.

Find more information at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidsafeawards.

Get tested poster (translated)

SA Health has developed a poster explaining the signs and symptoms of coronavirus to look out for and encouraging people to get tested.

The poster is available in 16 languages: English, Arabic, Burmese, Dari, Dinka, Greek, Hakka Chin, Italian, Khmer, Mandarin (Chinese Simplified), Nepali, Persian, Polish, Spanish, Swahili and Vietnamese.

Please share these posters broadly amongst your networks.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • No new cases today
  • 3 active COVID-19 cases
  • 443 confirmed cases in total
  • 436 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • Sadly, there have been 4 COVID-19 related deaths in SA to date.

For the latest health information and statistics on COVID-19 visit the SA Health website.

Previous updates

Visit SA Health to view previous reports.

Update 55 – Wednesday 1 July 2020

SA helps fight Victorian outbreak

Today 17 nurses and midwives, along with 13 paramedics, travelled to Melbourne to join the effort to contain Victoria's recent COVID-19 outbreaks. 

These healthcare workers will join a team of SA Health contact tracers that travelled to Victoria last week, as well as 20 contact-tracing staff who are working remotely in Adelaide.  

New resources available on SA Health website 

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • No new cases today
  • 3 active COVID-19 cases
  • 443 confirmed cases in total
  • 436 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • Sadly, there have been 4 COVID-19 related deaths in SA to date.

For the latest health information and statistics on COVID-19 visit the SA Health website.

Update 54 – Tuesday 30 June 2020

Cross-border travel online

From Wednesday 1 July, people entering South Australia will be able to apply for pre-approval before reaching the state's borders. 

The online form is part of new measures to streamline processes and provide certainty for cross-border travellers before they reach the border. 

Anyone who intends to visit or return to SA should complete the form prior to arriving, regardless of the state or territory they are travelling from. 

Find more information on the SAPOL website. The form will be available there from 12.01am Wednesday. 

South Australian border opening

To ensure the health and safety of South Australians, SA will no longer be opening its border to Victoria on 20 July, as planned. 

The Transition Committee is still actively considering opening SA borders with New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory on that date.

The situation in Victoria will be closely monitored before any further decisions are made. 

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • No new cases today
  • 3 active COVID-19 cases
  • 443 confirmed cases in total
  • 436 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • Sadly, there have been 4 COVID-19 related deaths in SA to date.

For the latest health information and statistics on COVID-19 visit the SA Health website.

Update 53  – Monday 29 June 2020

COVID-Safe Plan and COVID Management Plans

Step 3 of the South Australian Roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions begins today. 

Most businesses and activities allowed to re-open under Step 3 require a COVID-Safe Plan (as per Step 2 and Step 2 Plus).

Businesses and defined public activities that have already completed a COVID-Safe Plan will automatically receive a new Plan outlining revised venue capacity, as well as revised obligations and recommendations.

The exception is large events of more than 1,000 persons, and events with both dancing and consumption of alcohol. These events need a COVID Management Plan.

Find more information, including the updated Emergency Management (Public Activities No2) (COVID-19) Direction 2020, at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.

New cases in international arrivals

There are three new cases of COVID-19 in South Australia today. As anticipated, these new cases were from the flights of returning Australians, which landed on Saturday.

The cases include a child under 10, a woman in her 30s, and a woman in her 40s who all tested positive after arriving on the repatriation flight from Mumbai. All three have either no symptoms, or very mild symptoms, and are recovering in isolation at the quarantine facility.

There is no risk to the wider community, as the three people have been in quarantine since arrival and will remain in isolation until they are cleared of the virus.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 3 new cases today
  • 443 confirmed cases in total
  • 436 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • Sadly, there have been 4 COVID-19 related deaths in SA to date.

For the latest health information and statistics on COVID-19 visit the SA Health website.

Update 52 – Wednesday 24 June 2020

Further easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Restrictions are being eased in South Australia with the introduction of a 1 person per 2 square metre density rule from Monday 29 June.

COVID-Safe Plans continue to be required for defined public activities.

An approved COVID Management Plan will be required for some activities, including large public gatherings. Further details will be announced soon.

Find out more, including an updated Roadmap at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/recovery.

SA Health contact tracers head to Victoria

A team of SA Health’s contact tracing experts from the Communicable Disease Control Branch have travelled to Victoria to help prevent a potential second wave.

SA Health’s public health team has over 440 contact tracers on standby to protect South Australians from COVID-19.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • No new cases today
  • No active cases in South Australia
  • 29 days with no new cases 
  • 436 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 440 confirmed cases in total
  • Sadly, there have been 4 COVID-19 related deaths in SA to date.

For the latest health information and statistics on COVID-19 visit the SA Health website.

Update 51 – Monday 22 June 2020

Easing of aged care COVID-19 restrictions

Changes to COVID-19 aged care restrictions mean residents are now be able to leave aged care facilities and return without restriction. 

Children of any age can also now visit residential aged care facilities. If they are aged 6 months and over, they must have had their flu vaccine.

Residents can have up to two family members, friends or volunteers providing a social support visit each day, and aged care facilities can now approve additional visits where this is appropriate or necessary.

Anyone planning a visit will need to meet the following criteria in order to protect vulnerable people within our community. 

To be permitted to visit you must:

  • have documentation of your flu vaccination
  • have no symptoms of illness
  • have not travelled overseas or to certain states and territories in the last 14 days.

Find more information and the new Direction on the SA Health website

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • No new cases today
  • No active cases in South Australia
  • 27 days with no new cases 
  • 436 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 440 confirmed cases in total
  • Sadly, there have been 4 COVID-19 related deaths in SA to date.

For the latest health information and statistics on COVID-19 visit the SA Health website.

Update 50 – Friday 19 June 2020

Step 2 Plus of Roadmap to easing COVID-19 restrictions

Step 2 Plus of the South Australian Roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions comes into effect today.

The density requirement of 1 person per 4 square metres must still be adhered to. Venues can now have a maximum of 300 people, with a maximum of 75 in each separate room or enclosed area. Private gatherings, funerals and weddings are also limited to 75 people.

Businesses that have already submitted a COVID-Safe Plan will be emailed an automatic update. It will apply the new capacity numbers using the dimensions of rooms and venues from your original plan.

Emergency Management (Public Activities No 2) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 revokes the previous Direction.

The Government today announced more details of its Roadmap for easing restrictions. Find out more at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/recovery.

Further easing of South Australian border restrictions

Currently, travellers entering South Australia directly from Western Australia, Northern Territory and Tasmania are not required to self-quarantine.

From midnight tonight, travellers entering SA directly from Queensland will also not be required to self-quarantine.

Travellers entering from other states and territories are still required to quarantine for 14 days.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • No new cases today
  • No active cases in South Australia
  • 24 days with no new cases 
  • 436 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 440 confirmed cases in total
  • Sadly, there have been 4 COVID-19 related deaths in SA to date.

For the latest health information and statistics on COVID-19 visit the SA Health website.

Update 49 – Wednesday 17 June 2020

South Australia man determined not an active case

SA Health has undertaken a risk assessment for a 35-year-old man who recently returned home to Adelaide from Melbourne and had been overseas. The man tested positive for COVID-19 in Melbourne on 9 June while he was in quarantine. Following daily symptom checks, he was cleared by Victoria on 14 June.

Given recent overseas travel history, he was swabbed at Adelaide Airport upon arrival on 16 June, as per standard processes. He was placed in quarantine as a precaution. The man was tested and returned a low-positive result, however, in accordance with national guidelines it has been determined that he is not an active case and there is no risk to the public.

New category for COVIDSafe Awards

A new ‘Other’ category has been announced as part of the COVIDSafe Awards.

This will allow further South Australian businesses to be recognised for their innovation and compliance with COVID-19 restrictions, including retail businesses, churches, aged care and other businesses that did not fit within the existing six categories.  

To apply, businesses will need to be operating within South Australia and hold a current ABN.

A winner from each of the seven categories will be awarded $5,000 and nominations close midnight Sunday 5 July 2020.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • No new cases today
  • No active cases in South Australia
  • 22 days with no new cases 
  • 436 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 440 confirmed cases in total
  • Sadly, there have been 4 COVID-19 related deaths in SA to date.

For the latest health information and statistics on COVID-19 visit the SA Health website.

Update 48 – Tuesday 16 June 2020

Border restriction changes

From midnight 16 June 2020, travellers entering South Australia directly from Western Australia, Tasmania and Northern Territory will no longer be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

For those currently in quarantine who have entered directly from WA, Tasmania and NT can end their quarantine from midnight tonight, regardless of how long they have been in SA.

Travellers entering SA from all other states and territories will still be required to quarantine for 14 days.

Quarantine requirements for other states and territories will be eased on 20 July.

Easing of COVID-19 restrictions for indoor fitness classes

The State Government has also announced that from Friday 19 June 2020:

  • If space only allows for 1 person per 4 square metres, indoor group
    fitness classes remain limited to 10 people.
  • If space allows for 1 person per 7 square metres, indoor group fitness classes can have up to 20 people

Further information, including an updated Roadmap is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/recovery.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • No new cases today
  • No active cases in South Australia
  • 21 days with no new cases 
  • 436 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 440 confirmed cases in total
  • Sadly, there have been 4 COVID-19 related deaths in SA to date.

For the latest health information and statistics on COVID-19 visit the SA Health website.

Update 47 – Monday 15 June 2020

Updated roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions

Further easing of current Step 2 restrictions in South Australia will come into effect from Friday 19 June 2020.

Restrictions on public activities will be eased to allow venues to have up to 75 people in a single room with a maximum of 300 per venue. Physical distancing and density requirements still apply.

From 20 July, the 14 day mandatory self-quarantine will no longer be required for travellers entering South Australia from interstate.

Find the updated Roadmap at covid-19.sa.gov.au/recovery

There’s no room for complacency

As restrictions continue to ease across the state, SA Health has launched the next phase of the Stop the Spread campaign.

The campaign encourages South Australians to keep playing their part to help stop the spread:

  • Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms (even if mild).
  • Keep practising good hygiene 
  • Stay 1.5 metre apart whenever and wherever you can.
  • Download the COVIDSafe app.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • No new cases today
  • No active cases in South Australia
  • 20 days with no new cases 
  • 436 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 440 confirmed cases in total
  • Sadly, there have been 4 COVID-19 related deaths in SA to date

For the latest health information and statistics on COVID-19 visit the SA Health website.

Update 46 – Thursday 11 June 2020

SA Health COVIDSafe Awards

South Australian businesses that have adapted to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic are invited to apply for the SA Health COVIDSafe Awards for their chance to win $5,000.

The awards are open to businesses, big and small, that have shown compliance and innovation during the pandemic.

The six award categories include:

  • Gyms and fitness
  • Sport and recreation
  • Cinemas, theatres and tourism operators
  • Restaurants and cafes
  • Pubs, hotels, clubs, wineries and breweries
  • Personal care services, including beauticians.

Applications are now open, and will close Sunday 5 July 2020. Find out more about the awards and how to apply at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidsafeawards.

Resource for parents about COVID-19 testing

A new resource for parents with information about when children should be tested for COVID-19 is available on the SA Health website

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • No new cases today
  • No active cases in South Australia
  • 436 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 440 confirmed cases in total
  • Sadly, there have been 4 COVID-19 related deaths in SA to date.

For the latest health information and statistics on COVID-19 visit the SA Health website.

Update 45 – Monday 1 June 2020

Step 2 of easing COVID-19 restrictions

Step 2 of South Australia’s roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions is underway.

The Emergency Management (Public Activities) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 replaces the Emergency Management (Non-Essential Business and Other Activities No 7) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 and the Emergency Management (Gatherings No 3) (COVID-19) Direction 2020.

New frequently asked questions (PDF 807KB) are available on the covid-19.sa.gov.au website.

Pathology testing

To date, SA Pathology has undertaken more than 101,000 COVID-19 tests.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • No new cases today
  • 1 active case in South Australia
  • 440 confirmed cases in total
  • 435 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • Sadly, there have been 4 COVID-19 related deaths in SA to date

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Contact

COVID-19 (coronavirus) team

Emaileducation.covidcoordination [at] sa.gov.au