Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Update #24

29 September 2020

Nationally case numbers are decreasing, but continue to occur in all major states.
As a result, border restrictions have recently been lifted for people travelling to SA from the ACT and NSW.

Border restrictions remain in place for Victoria.

Given the likely increase in cross border travel and the school holiday period, doctors should remain vigilant.

Doctors should keep informed about interstate cases and outbreaks.

Information updates on higher risk areas and interstate travel requirements are available on the SA Health website’s Travel advice page.

There is no longer an increased risk of COVID-19 in SA from cases in Queensland and as such, advice in Public Health Alert # 23 is no longer current.

Early detection remains key to protecting South Australia. Test to protect the rest.

  • Over the past 7 days, testing has averaged between 2000 and 3000 tests per day.
  • Doctors must continue to encourage testing for all patients with symptoms.

Doctors are advised to:

  • Wear PPE when assessing persons who have recently travelled from Victoria.
  • Test anyone who presents with symptoms of COVID-19, even if mild, including:
    • Acute respiratory infection (e.g. cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose) OR
    • Fever OR history of fever or chills in the absence of an alternative diagnosis that explains the clinical presentation (clinical discretion applies including consideration of the potential for co-infection, e.g. concurrent infection with SARS-CoV-2 and influenza) OR
    • Acute unexplained loss of smell or altered sense of taste OR
    • Persons with new onset of other clinical symptoms compatible with COVID-19 (headache, myalgia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea) AND who are a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19; or who has returned from overseas or interstate in the past 14 days.
  • Inform patients they MUST self-isolate while awaiting test results and until acute symptoms resolve, or as directed by SA Health.
  • Remind patients and staff not to attend childcare, work or school if they are unwell.
  • Refer patients for testing at one of the COVID-19 clinics and testing centres if you are unable to carry out testing in your clinic.
  • Note that PCR testing is required for acute infection, and serology is not useful in this setting.
  • Visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVID2019 for South Australian updates and information.

For all enquires contact the CDCB/CDCB COVID Operations on 1300 232 272 (24 hours/7 days)

Dr Robert Hall – Director, CDCB COVID Operations