South Australia confirms more coronavirus hotspots
Long queues are forming at testing sites across South Australia this morning, with waiting times currently sitting at three hours.
Some people arrived at the Parafield testing site at 5am AEDST to secure their place in line, ready for another mammoth day of testing.
The overwhelming number of people queuing to get tested has prompted authorities to advise South Australians not to get tested unless they are showing symptoms or have been instructed to.
Meanwhile, anyone who ate pizza from a single restaurant in Adelaide over the last two weeks is being told to immediately isolate and seek a coronavirus test as authorities race to contain the new outbreak across the state.
SA Health has issued new alerts for locations visited by potentially infected people. (Nine /Today)
SA Health has linked more than a dozen schools, supermarkets, cafes and hotels to its growing outbreak after confirming five new cases yesterday.
It last night released the details of the new hotspot locations and public transport routes (listed in full below), including a specific warning for anyone who visited or got takeaway, including delivery, from the Woodville Pizza Bar between November 6 and 16.
Those customers “must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days and seek testing. This includes people who live with you,” SA Health said.
People queuing at the COVID-19 Testing site at Parafield Airport in Adelaide, South Australia. (Getty / Kelly Barnes)
One of the new infections is linked to the Anglicare aged care facility in Brompton while the other three are family members of a security guard at Peppers medi-hotel in the Adelaide CBD.
The fifth case and its source is under investigation.
Plans to move travellers out from the Peppers medi-hotel, so it can undergo deep cleaning, were scrapped late last night.
Those inside the Peppers medi-hotel will not have to move to another location but will have to remain in quarantine for an extra 14 days. (Nine /Today)
Many inside are said to be relieved they don’t have to move to another location but are furious about having to spend another 14-days in quarantine, taking that total for some to 28 days.
A total of 20 cases are now linked to the cluster, but another 14 people have been deemed “high-risk” and may return positive results.
The ages of South Australia’s new coronavirus cases range from in their teens to in their 50s and all of them have very mild symptoms or none at all.
Thousands of South Australians have been tested in the last 24 hours with most people waiting hours in long lines.
Hundreds of cars are seen queuing at testing sites in South Australia, with long wait times likely to be repeated again today. (Nine /Today)
Some turned up to testing sites hours before opening to secure their place in line and ensure they were seen by health staff.
Similar scenes are likely today.
Premier Steven Marshall thanked the public for coming out in record numbers.
“I’m now advised that today we are on track for more than 6000,” he said.
South Australian Premier Steven Marshall said a record number of tests had been completed. (Getty)
“This is nothing short of sensational and will be a record for South Australia.”
Despite the large number of tests, Mr Marshall warned that South Australia was only in the initial stages of dealing with the outbreak.
“We are not out of the woods yet. We are just at the beginning stages of dealing with this nasty cluster in Parafield,” he said.
“We are going to get through this but we are going to get through this with the cooperation of every single South Australian citizen. Everybody must play their role in making sure we stop this disease in its tracks.”
About 4000 people, who are close contacts of confirmed or suspected South Australian coronavirus cases, are now in quarantine.
Chief Health Officer Nicola Spurrier said they are being contacted on a daily basis for a symptom check.
“This is a huge amount of work to make sure we are in regular contact with these people,” she said.
New health advice has been issued for people who visited The Aquadome at Elizabeth.
Anyone who was at The Aquadome between 11am and 1.30pm on Saturday, November 14 is being asked to quarantine for 14 days and get tested immediately.
“We think that the exposure was more significant and we want those people to get into quarantine immediately,” Professor Spurrier said.
“Obviously we will be chasing up with The Aquadome to see if we can get direct contact details but this is an early warning to those people.”
Cars queue for the COVID-19 testing facility at Victoria Park, just outside the Adelaide CBD (Getty)
Five schools have now been closed in Adelaide due to coronavirus concerns.
The Roma Mitchell College has been forced to close along with Mawson Lakes Primary School and Preschool, Thomas More College, the Holy Family Catholic School and Mount Carmel College.
“Some closures may be longer than others and it really depends on when we get the interviews through and get more information, then we can make a determination,” Professor Spurrier said.
If you visited any of the below locations during the listed times, you do not need to self-quarantine. Monitor yourself for symptoms. You only need to get tested if you have symptoms:
– Bensons Radiology, 3/18 North Terrace, Adelaide on Friday November 13 between 8.30am – 8.45am
– Stratco, 59 Port Wakefield Road, Gepps Cross, Saturday November 14, between 12.45pm – 1.25pm
– Elizabeth Shopping Centre, Elizabeth, Wednesday November 11 between 10.00am – 10.45am
– Morphett Arms Hotel, 138 Morphett Road, Glengowrie, Friday November 13 between 5.00pm – 10.00pm
– Prime Liquidators, 6 Philips Crescent, Hendon, Saturday November 14, 12.00pm – 12.30pm
– Funk Coffee, T15/200-220 Commercial Road, Port Adelaide, Saturday November 14, between 5.00pm – 5.15pm
– Hungry Jacks, 321 Commercial Road, Port Adelaide, between 7.30pm Friday November 13 and 2.30am Saturday November 14
– United Petrol Station, 128 Grand Junction Road, Rosewater on Friday November 13 at approximately 3pm
– Foodland, 144 Grand Junction Road, Rosewater on Thursday November 12 at 7.45 pm for approximately five minutes
– Hollywood Fresh Fruit Shop, Hollywood Plaza, Salisbury Downs, Saturday November 14 between 10.00am – 11.00am
– Eblen Collision Repair, 240 Brighton Road, Somerton on Thursday November 12 between 8.00am – 4.30pm and Friday November 13 between 8.00am – 4.30pm
– Coles, Cheltenham Parade, St Clair on Friday November 13 between 4.00pm – 4.20pm
– Westlakes Shopping Centre, Westlakes (Kmart, San Churros, NK Fashion, Coles) on Sunday November 15 between 1.45pm – 3.45pm
Anyone who travelled the following routes is also encouraged to monitor for symptoms and get tested if any develop:
– Bus 502 – Bus Stop H2 on Grenfell Street, Adelaide on Friday November 13 between 9.00am – 9.30am
– Bus (GA1/GA2/GA3) from the bus stop near Adelaide train station on Wednesday November 11 between 3.40pm – 4.38pm
– 502x Bus at Stop 39 on Bridge Road, Para Hills to Stop S1 on Grenfell Street on Friday November 13 between 7.45am – 8.15am
Advice has been issued for the following locations:
– Roma Mitchell Secondary College
– Mawson Lakes School and Preschool
– Holy Family Catholic School
– Goodstart Early Learning Child Care Centre Parafield Gardens
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