COVID-19 update 9 May 2020

09 May 2020

There have been no new cases of COVID-19 notified in South Australia. The total number of cases notified in SA remains at 439.

There are just two active cases in SA, and 433 people have been cleared of COVID-19. One person remains in hospital recovering from the effects of COVID-19, however they are no longer infectious.

There have been four reported deaths in SA from COVID-19. SA Pathology has undertaken more than 68,000 tests for COVID-19 so far.

The South Australian roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions was released yesterday, with Step 1 coming into effect on Monday 11 May. Visit www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/recovery to view the roadmap. Frequently Asked Questions will be available in the coming days.

South Australians must continue to follow measures that will help stop the spread. Practice good hygiene, keep 1.5 metres distance from others, download the COVIDSafe app and stay at home if you are ill. Keep up the good work, and let’s not undo all the good.

The roadmap outlines how COVID-19 restrictions will be eased in our state, so our community can return to doing the things they enjoy in a safe and measured way.

Every state and territory is different, in terms of its geography and its people. We have taken into account our specific circumstances in South Australia.

A number of factors have been considered in determining what can resume, and when. These include deciding what measures can be introduced to lower the risk of transmission, how long people will be in close contact with each other and how much space everyone can have. This is a very important part of our planning for re-opening businesses in a safe way.

Our priority is to resume activities which will strengthen our community, restore our economy and improve our physical and mental wellbeing as soon as possible.

People experiencing any of the following should be tested for COVID-19:

Fever or chills (in the absence of an alternative illness that explains these symptoms)
An acute respiratory infection e.g. symptoms of cough, sore throat, runny nose, or shortness of breath
Loss of smell or the alteration in the sense of taste

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.