Health alerts issued across Adelaide, two new COVID-19 cases confirmed

4 August 2020, Written by David Simmons

Health alerts issued across Adelaide, two new COVID-19 cases confirmed

SA Health has issued three health alerts in Adelaide's northern suburbs after a new confirmed COVID-19 case attended three businesses in the area.

It comes as South Australia confirms two new cases of COVID-19 today: one being a contact of a known case and one potentially the result of community transmission.

Those who have attended the following locations at these specific times should immediately self-isolate for 14 days and get tested for COVID-19 even if no symptoms currently present:

  • Sat 1 Aug (6.00pm 8.30pm) - Fernwood Fitness, Salisbury Downs
  • Fri 31 Jul (5.00pm 7.30pm) - Agha juice house, Blair Athol
  • Wed 29 Jul (5.00pm 8.00pm) - Najafi Carpet Gallery, 5/392 Prospect Rd, Kilburn

"Unfortunately this young woman has been to a number of public places during the time she was infectious," says SA Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier regarding the new confirmed COVID-19 case that has sparked these health alerts.

"This was a close contact that we've not been told about originally, but this is somebody who has come forward, has understood the importance of coming forward when symptomatic, and got tested."

The health alerts come as South Australia is set to re-introduce COVID-19 restrictions from midnight tonight, with at home gathering sizes to be reduced down to just 10 people.

SA Premier Stephen Marshall says the state is on "high alert" and has not ruled out the potential for more restrictions to be reintroduced going forward.

"We have to respond quickly, listen to the trusted expert advice and keep South Australia ahead of the game," says Marshall.

"It is very possible now that there will be further restrictions put in place, but we only do this to keep the people of our state very safe during this COVID-19 pandemic."

Because most of South Australia's cases over the last week can be tied to those crossing the border from Victoria the state has been ramping up its efforts in Mt Gambier to stop the virus before it makes its way into Adelaide.

Today a new satellite control centre has been established at Mt Gambier to support the state's police effort on the border, and a new 'MediHotel' will be set up for testing and quarantine purposes at the border town.

12 new cases in NSW

Just 12 new cases in New South Wales have been reported today, with three connected to people crossing the border from Victoria.

Of the other new cases, one is a traveller in hotel quarantine, one is linked to the Thai Rock restaurant in Wetherill Park, two are connected to The Apollo restaurant.

Two cases attended Mounties, Mount Pritchard and three are linked to people who attended Mounties, Mount Pritchard.

One student at Bonnyrigg High School and two students at Greenway Park Public School have also tested positive for COVID-19.

Queensland reported its second straight day of no new cases this morning, however the state's Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said there were really "another six days to go" before people could feel they had safely gotten through the latest cluster of cases.

Today it was also revealed that three Logan residents who had been to Victoria had illegally crossed the border into Queensland, and they are under investigation with notices to appear for false declarations.

The three men are in the process of getting tested and are in hotel guarded quarantine in Brisbane.

Updated at 12:51pm AEST on 4 August 2020.

 
Author: David Simmons

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