Daily update - Sunday 29 Mar 6.10 pm
Sunday 29 March, 18.10 pm
This Advice message is being issued for the COVID-19 pandemic in South Australia.
There have been 299 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Australia.
There have been 25,682 COVID-19 laboratory tests conducted by SA Pathology.
SA Health has confirmed four cases of COVID-19 that are the result of community transmission.
SA Health has confirmed six patients with COVID-19 are being treated in Intensive Care Units, four of which are in a critical condition and two are in a stable condition.
Where there has been public exposure, tracing of the patients movements is taking place. South Australians at high risk of exposure are being identified and contacted by SA Health with information and advice.
What you need to do
A number of linked COVID19 cases have been identified in people who live in or have travelled through Tanunda, Nuriootpa, Williamstown, Angaston and Lyndoch, in the Barossa Valley, since Saturday, March 14 2020.
SA Health is requesting people within these locations to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and if symptoms develop, to access testing. A drive through testing site is being established at Tanunda from Monday 30 March 2020. Location details will be made available on the SA Health website.
Travel in or out of these towns should be significantly limited.
People are encouraged to work from home where possible. When not working, people are encouraged to stay at home.
Where working from home is not possible, people working in or around the affected towns (including those in the wine industry) must maintain social distancing, including whilst at work.
For those with school aged children, the Education Department has closed schools within the defined area based on health advice, until further notice. These schools will be providing further information to parents. To find out more, visit the SA Education Department website.
SA Health is continuing to monitor this situation and work to identify and quarantine people who may have been exposed. Identified people will be contacted as soon as possible. It is important to continue to implement social distancing.
People over 70 years, or those 60 years and over with chronic health issues, are more vulnerable to severe illness. They are reminded to monitor symptoms and encouraged to self-isolate if personal circumstances permit, and seek testing if symptoms develop
Please check the SA Health website or contact the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 for more information.
All South Australians must take action now to reduce the spread of COVID-19 infection:
- If you have returned from overseas on or after 16 March 2020 or interstate on or after 22 March 2020, you must quarantine yourself for 14 days.
- As of midnight on 28 March 2020, all new arrivals into Australia will be quarantined in their port of arrival in supervised accommodation to ensure compliance.
- If you have been directed by a health professional or law enforcement agency to quarantine for 14 days, you must do so.
- SA Health and SA Police are working together to monitor people who should be in quarantine and fines may be issued to people who breach these directives.
- Wash hands often with soap and running water, for at least 20 seconds. Dry with paper towel or hand dryer. Alternatively use alcohol based hand sanitisers.
- Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.
- Maintain a minimum social distance of 1.5 metres, and when in an enclosed area maintain a radius of 4-square metres.
- Monitor for symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath. Other early symptoms to watch for are chills, body aches, sore throat, headache and runny nose, muscle pain or diarrhoea.
- If you are unwell stay at home. Do not go to public places or attend work, schools, or universities. Do not visit healthcare facilities. Call ahead to seek advice. Do not visit aged care facilities.
If you develop symptoms
- Stay home and isolate.
- If you have recently returned from overseas or interstate, or been in direct contact with a person who has COVID-19 and you suspect you have COVID-19, contact a COVID-19 Clinic or Testing Centre for further information.
Help protect other people's health
- If you are unwell in any way, avoid visiting loved ones, friends and family in hospitals and aged care facilities.
- Visit aged care residents only for a short duration and abide by the limit of a maximum of one visit per resident per day, which may include a maximum of two people, except for palliative care.
- Children under the age of 16 are only permitted to attend aged care facilities in exceptional circumstances.
Mental health and wellbeing
- Quarantine and isolation may affect your mental health and wellbeing; although social (physical) distancing is critical at this time, it’s important to our mental health to remain connected to family and friends.
- If you, or someone you know, needs help during this time, please reach out to Beyond Blue, Lifeline, or speak to your GP or health practitioner.
How to stay informed
- Visit sa.gov.au/COVID-19.
- For health information visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVID2019.
- If you suspect you have COVID-19, call the 24/7 National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.
- For South Australian enquiries relating to COVID-19 call 1800 253 787.
- SA Health Facebook and Twitter.
The following services can help you or someone you know access information during an emergency.
- If you suspect you may have COVID-19 call the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 or the 24/7 National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.
- Anyone experiencing potentially life threatening symptoms should call Triple Zero (000).
- If you know of someone who is breaching the quarantine or isolation directions put in place, please call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
What is being done to limit the spread of COVID-19
- The South Australian government is urging employers to allow all employees who can work from home to do so.
- Consistent with direction from the Commonwealth Government, a number of measures have been implemented to limit social interaction in South Australia.
- Some Aboriginal communities across the state have opted to close access to their townships and lands to outside visitors, except for those providing essential services. This is consistent with a decision made by National Cabinet.
- All non-essential visitors to these communities will be required to quarantine for 14 days prior to permission being granted to enter these communities
- The South Australian border has been closed and police are monitoring checkpoints and providing information on how travellers should quarantine.
- SAPOL are working with SA Health to monitor people who are known to be in quarantine.
- The Education Department have implemented four pupil free days from 6 to 9 April 2020, (the last week of Term One) to allow teachers to prepare online resources for learning at home.
- From 30 March 2020 and until further notice, schools will be closed within the Tanunda, Nuriootpa, Williamstown, Angaston and Lyndoch. A list of schools is available on the SA Education Department website.
- A State of Emergency has been declared for South Australia, in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, to limit the spread of this virus within the state.
- The state government has established a cross-government Emergency Management Team (EMT)
- The EMT is working with SA Health to put in measures to reduce the spread of the virus in South Australia.
All measures are subject to review in consultation with State Coordinator, SA Health and relevant authorities.
This message was issued by Chief Public Health Officer.
The next update is expected by 6.00 pm, 30/03/2020 or as the situation changes.