Latest Updates (18/11, 5:45pm):
- We’ve moved over to a new blog, explaining everything you need to know about SA’s new lockdown.
A new cluster of COVID-19 cases has emerged in Adelaide, prompting closures of schools and businesses, changes to travel arrangements and rising concern throughout the community. Everyone in Adelaide needs to pay attention and take swift action to try and nip this in the bud, so read on as we try our best to answer any questions you may have. The situation is changing quickly, so we’ll be updating this post regularly with more information as needed.
Before we begin, please remember that our and statewide response has been extremely effective in past situations, such as with the Thebarton cluster a while ago. That’s thanks to our amazing health authorities and contact tracers, but also thanks to South Australians doing the right thing. So for now, please stay calm, stay safe, and practice physical distancing as much as possible.
So what does this ‘lockdown’ mean?
Premier Steven Marshall held a press conference at around 12:30pm, 18/11. Marshall said that, given the way this cluster is spreading, a “circuit breaker” was needed to allow a contact tracing blitz to occur.
A 6 day lockdown was announced, effective midnight Wednesday 18/11. During this lockdown:
- All exercise and outdoor sport/activity is not permitted.
- One person per household may leave to retrieve groceries once per day.
- Masks are required at all times outside the house.
- You must not leave your house for any non-essential reason.
During this lockdown, the following sectors are CLOSED:
- Schools, except for the children of essential workers.
- Pubs, cafes, food courts – basically all hospitality venues.
- Takeaway food.
- Elective surgery.
- Open inspections and auctions.
- Regional travel not approved – must stay where you are at the commencement of restrictions.
- Weddings and funerals banned.
- Holiday homes will be unavailable.
- Aged and disability care will be locked down.
- Factories will be closed (except for food and medicine)
- All construction.
The following areas will remain open:
- Critical infrastructure (Water, power, telecommunications)
- Supermarkets (with some limits to access to prioritise vulnerable members of the community – more information to come)
- Medical supplies and services (including mental health)
- Public transport
- Air, freight and courier services
- Petrol Stations
- Financial instituions
- Post offices
- Childcare for essential workers families
- Minimum operations of government
These restrictions apply to all residents of the entirety of South Australia.
The lockdown is expected to conclude at midnight, Tuesday November 24. Following the conclusion of this 6 day lockdown, there will be a further 8 days of lesser restrictions. More to follow.
How many COVID-19 cases are there in SA right now?
As of 12:45pm, Wednesday November 18, we can confirm that there are:
- 22 cases connected to the ‘Parafield Cluster’
- 34 total active cases (unclear)
There are a further 7 suspected cases – these are not confirmed positive COVID-19 cases. Further testing is being conducted to determine whether these are positive COVID-19 cases.
Over 4,000 close contacts are now in quarantine, and over 11,000 tests have been taken since Monday 16/11 according to SA Health. (This information was current on Tuesday 17/11.)
Where did the cluster come from?
The cluster was first reported on Sunday, November 15, after three members of the same family tested positive to COVID-19. One of those people was an 80 year old woman who presented to the Lyell McEwin hospital, where she was found to have the virus. One of these people worked at one of SA’s ‘medi-hotels,’ where residents and travellers flying into the state can safely quarantine.
Update (17/11, 4:00pm): Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier has confirmed this cluster emerged from a medi-hotel.
Should I get tested?
You should get tested immediately if you develop ANY symptoms, or if you have otherwise been advised by SA Health as per below.
Due to unprecedented demand, SA Health are now asking that you do not seek testing unless you meet these criteria. (Update 18/11 11:00am)
SA Health have instructed anyone who has visited the following locations at the specified dates to take immediate action:
|Location||Dates & Times||Instructions|
|[NEW] Woodville Pizza Bar (in-store visits, takeaway or delivery)||6 – 16 November||Quarantine and seek testing immediately. Anyone living with you must do the same.|
|[NEW] Roma Mitchell Secondary College||12-13 November||Quarantine and seek testing immediately. Anyone living with you must do the same.|
|[NEW] Thomas More College||12-13 November||Quarantine and seek testing immediately. Anyone living with you must do the same.|
|[NEW] Holy Family Catholic School||13 November||Quarantine. Seek testing if symptoms develop.|
|[NEW] Goodstart Early Learning Centre, Parafield||13 November||Quarantine. Seek testing if symptoms develop.|
|Aquadome, Elizabeth||14 November, 11am – 1:30pm||Quarantine and seek testing immediately.|
|Parafield Plaza Supermarket||12 November, 10:30am – 11:30am||Quarantine and seek testing immediately.|
|Lyell McEwin Emergency Department||13 November 5:30pm – 14 November 4am||Quarantine and seek testing immediately.|
Last updated 17/11, 8:45pm.
You can access a full list of locations and bus services of concern here. It’s quite comprehensive and updated often. You can also contact the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787.
⚠️COVID-19 Health Alert 17 Nov 2020 (11.59pm)⚠️
Anyone who visited or got takeaway (incl. delivery) from the Woodville Pizza Bar on 6 – 16 Nov must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days & seek testing. This includes people who live with you.
More info: https://t.co/DgtxIqU3s6 pic.twitter.com/QveoAXjHlJ
— SA Health (@SAHealth) November 17, 2020
You can find a full list of testing stations near you here, many of which are free and require no referral – you can just drive on in. There is currently massive demand on our testing stations, and many have announced extended hours as a result. Victoria Park, CBD will be open until midnight tonight.
What’s closed so far?
A number of businesses and schools have been closed because of either a positive case or close contact. So far, the following places are closed:
- Flinders University, Sturt Campus – closed until Monday 23rd. More info here. (update 17/11, 9:00pm)
- Roma Mitchell Secondary College, Gepps Cross – closed until at least November 30 (update 18/11, 11:00am)
- Anglicare Aged Care Home, Brompton – closed to visitors until further notice
- Mawson Lakes Primary School and Preschool – closed until Monday November 30
- Thomas More College, Salisbury Downs – closed until Friday November 27
- Mt. Carmel College, Rosewater
- Holy Family Catholic School, Parafield Gardens
- Hungry Jack’s, Port Adelaide – unclear
The following placed were closed, but have since re-opened to the public.
- Parafield Plaza Supermarket
Calvary Hospitals and Resthaven Aged Care Homes have closed to visitors.
Can I still travel?
Travelling out of the state is looking dicey – a number of states and territories have imposed travel restrictions on South Australians:
- Victoria has declared SA a COVID-19 Hotspot, all travellers will be interviewed and may be rapid-tested on arrival via plane. Interstate truck drivers will also be tested. (Updated 18/11 11:00am)
- Western Australia is instructing all SA travellers to self-quarantine for two weeks, and is testing all SA arrivals
- Tasmania has asked all SA travellers who’ve entered Tasmania since Monday November 9 to self-isolate
- Northern Territory have downgraded their earlier declaration – they now consider the Adelaide metropolitan area a hotspot, not the entire state. Any travellers from said hotspot must undergo mandatory supervised quarantine on arrival
- Queensland has declared SA a COVID-19 hotspot, effective 11:59pm Monday November 16. Anyone arriving after that point must undergo a 14 day hotel quarantine. Anyone who’s travelled to Queensland since Monday November 9 is being asked to self-isolate.
- New South Wales has confirmed this morning it will keep its borders open to SA for now.
- NSW have, however, encouraged its own residents to reconsider travel to South Australia. (Update 18/11 7:45am)
- ACT also appears to be keeping its borders open, but has also advised its residents not to travel here. (Update 18/11 11:00am)
Check back for more updates and, again, stay safe.