Several new cases of COVID-19 have been identified in South Australia in recent days. Most are returned travellers or close contacts of a returned traveller, including a cluster of four cases linked to a traveller from Victoria.
SA Health has identified several locations visited by cases while infectious. A list of these locations is available on the Contact tracing - coronavirus (COVID-19) page and will be updated as more information becomes available.
High levels of testing are essential for early detection and containment of cases. Due to high demand for COVID-19 testing, additional testing sites are being established in metropolitan Adelaide. Please visit the Covid-19 clinics and testing centres page for up-to-date information about testing options for your patients.
Doctors are advised to
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 close contacts of a confirmed case of COVID‑19; or who have returned from overseas or interstate in the past 14 days.
Inform symptomatic patients they MUST self-isolate while awaiting test results.
Remind patients and staff not to attend childcare, work or school if they are unwell.
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