Covid-19 Update 13 March 2020

Friday 13 March 2020

Four people in South Australia have recently tested positive for COVID-19. There have now been a total of 16 confirmed cases in South Australia.

Of the four newly confirmed cases:

  • One is a male in his 60s who recently returned from the USA
  • One is a male in his 50s who recently returned from Europe, including Italy, Spain and France
  • One is a female in her 50s who recently returned from the USA
  • One is a male teenager who is a close contact of a previous confirmed case

Three of the four cases have been hospitalised at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and one is still being assessed.

Recent COVID-19 cases in South Australia have been identified as being on the following flights:

  • Etihad Airways flight EY20 from Heathrow to Abu Dhabi, arrived 28/2/20
  • Qantas flight QF697 from Melbourne to Adelaide, arrived 4/3/20
  • Qantas flight QF56 from Los Angeles to Brisbane, arrived 9/03/20
  • American Airlines flight AA3193 from Aspen to Los Angeles, arrived 9/03/20
  • Etihad Airways flight EY450 from Abu Dhabi to Sydney, arrived 10/03/20
  • Virgin Airways flight VA418 from Sydney to Adelaide, arrived 10/03/20
  • Qantas flight QF12 from Los Angeles to Sydney, arrived 11/03/20
  • Qantas flight QF741 from Sydney to Adelaide, arrived 11/03/20
  • Qantas flight QF663 from Brisbane to Adelaide, arrived 10/03/20

Fourteen of the notified cases in South Australia have had recent overseas travel, one has travelled from interstate and one is a close contact on a confirmed COVID-19 case. Eleven people are in hospital and one case is being assessed.

Three of the new cases were identified through testing undertaken at the Repat Drive-Through Clinic and one was tested at the COVID-19 Clinic at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

More than 1,000 people have been tested for COVID-19 at the five metropolitan testing sites since their opening. These sites include Royal Adelaide Hospital, Lyell McEwin Hospital, Flinders Medical Centre, Women’s and Children’s Hospital and SA Pathology’s drive- through collection service at the Repat.

Flight details of previously confirmed cases are available on the SA Health website.

People who have travelled anywhere overseas in the past 14 days and have COVID-19 symptoms should seek testing at an official COVID-19 clinic, or alternatively contact their GP, and must self-isolate while awaiting test result.

Importantly, people should call ahead if visiting their GP so the practice can prepare for their visit.

BACKGROUND

COVID-19 can cause mild symptoms which may include fever, sore throat, cough or fatigue. For some people, it can be more severe and can lead to pneumonia or breathing difficulties and can even be fatal.

Specialised COVID-19 clinics are only for people who have symptoms compatible with COVID-19. In addition they must have recently returned from overseas, or have had contact with a known COVID-19 case.

Travel bans are in place for certain countries. Visit smarttraveller.gov.au for the latest advice.

For more information, contact the Coronavirus Health Information line on 1800 020 080 or go to sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVID2019.