COVID-19 Update 29 March 2020

Sunday, 29 March 2020

Twelve people in South Australia have today tested positive for COVID-19. There have now been a total of 299 confirmed cases in South Australia.

Today’s cases range in age from 20 years old to 70 years-old.

To date, there are a total of four cases in South Australia who have recorded no interstate or overseas travel and are classed as local transmission in SA.

All other confirmed cases have recently returned from overseas, interstate, or are a close contact of a previously confirmed case.

As of yesterday, SA Pathology has undertaken around 26,000 tests.

As of today, there are 68 cases linked to the Ruby Princess Cruise Ship, which is the biggest cluster in cases. There have been 92 cases in total linked to cruise ships.

There are 34 confirmed cases linked to areas within the Barossa region including Tanunda, Nuriootpa, Williamstown, Angaston and Lyndoch.

Anyone in these areas from Saturday 14 March 2020 who develops symptoms should immediately self- isolate and be tested.

Travel in or out of these towns should now be limited and any non-essential travel within the region is discouraged.

 Anyone attending work should adhere to social distancing guidelines and working from home is encouraged.

 A dedicated COVID-19 testing clinic will open at Tanunda War Memorial Hospital tomorrow (Monday 30 March) for people in the region with symptoms of COVID-19.

Advice has been provided to the Department of Education to proactively close all schools, early childhood facilities and Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) services in and between the towns of Nuriootpa, Tanunda, Angaston, Lyndoch and Williamstown from Monday 30 March. Exemptions for essential workers are currently being finalised and more information will be provided tomorrow.

For more information the general public should call SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 or go to www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVID2019.