WATCH LIVE: Steven Marshall press conference today with COVID-19 update on new cases and stage 4 restrictions
South Australia has a fourth case of COVID-19 as the state begins a round of tough new restrictions and authorities race to contain an outbreak of infections amid a growing list of exposure sites.
Premier Steven Marshall told Adelaide radio 5AA ahead of an official briefing on Tuesday the fourth case identified overnight was a man who’s a close contact of the elderly man and was already in quarantine.
SA Premier Steven Marshall, Chief Public Health Officer Professor Nicola Spurrier and Police Commissioner Grant Stevens will provide a COVID-19 update at 10.30am (ACST). You can watch the press conference LIVE in the video player BELOW as soon as it’s available.
SA COVID-19 cases
The cases now include an 81-year-old man who entered the country from Argentina, his daughter and another two men.
The outbreak has plunged thousands of people into quarantine with the list of more than a dozen exposure sites including at least four major shopping centres in Adelaide’s north and northeastern suburbs.
“We only have one chance to get this right. Our focus from day one has been to go hard and to go early to minimise the level of disruption,” Marshall said on Monday.
“We’ve got to respond quickly.”
The elderly man had returned to Australia via NSW, where he spent 14 days in quarantine.
He returned to SA on July 8 and presented to a suburban hospital over the weekend after developing symptoms and was later admitted.
Adelaide’s other positive cases have been transferred to the Tom’s Court Hotel which is used to quarantine all those with an active infection.
“We don’t draw any conclusions as to where this infection came from. We simply don’t know and it is very early days,” Mr Marshall said on Monday.
“Our primary concern at the moment is putting everyone who may have come into contact with this person into quarantine as soon as possible.”
The new restrictions in SA include a density change to one person to every four square metres in all venues, while all team and contact sport has been cancelled.
All dining will need to be seated with a ban imposed on dancing and singing.
Masks must be used in all indoor public areas, including shopping malls and also on public transport and in high-risk settings.
Fitness centres are closed along with other non-essential retail outlets.
Supermarkets and pharmacies and other essential businesses will continue to trade.
Family gatherings, including weddings and funerals, will be restricted to 10 people but schools will stay open.
The new rules will be reviewed on Friday.
Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said while SA was not moving to a full lockdown, the restrictions were significant.
“The intent here is to dramatically suppress all discretionary activity in the community,” he said on Monday.
Business SA Chief Executive Martin Haese said the new restrictions were another blow to the already struggling hospitality, events, tourism and retail sectors.
“We hope there will be no extension to the restrictions beyond Friday.”
SA exposure sites
Late on Monday, multiple new exposure sites linked to a person with COVID-19 were revealed, including a Coles supermarket at the Greenacres Shopping Centre in Adelaide’s northeast and a number of retail shops and a TAB at Munno Para in the north.
If you were at the below locations during the listed times, you and your household must isolate for 14 days and seek testing immediately and on days 5 and 13 of your isolation period:
- NEW The Greek on Halifax in Adelaide on Saturday 17 July between 6.00pm and 10.00pm
- NEW Topz Shop in Craigmore on Sunday 18 July between 8.30am and 9.15am and on Saturday 17 July between 11.00am and 11.30am
- OPSM Golden Grove on Saturday, July 17 between 3pm-4.45pm
- NEW Coles at Greenacres Shopping Centre on Friday 16 July between 2.30 pm and 3.45 pm
- Gaganis Bros in Hindmarsh on Friday, July 16 between 1pm-2.30pm.
- Commonwealth Bank in Modbury on Tuesday, July 13 between 10am-11.15am and on Wednesday, July 14 between 10.30am-12.15pm.
- NEW Caltex at Munno Para on Saturday 17 July between 9.10am to 9.55am
- NEW Dan Murphy’s at Munno Para on Sunday 18 July between 11.00am and 11.45am, Saturday 17 July between 10.30am and 11.30am
- NEW Foodland at Munno Para Shopping Centre on Sunday 18 July between 11.15am to 12.00pm, Saturday 17 July between 9.00am and 10.00am
- NEW Smokemart & GiftBox at Munno Para Shopping Centre on Sunday 18 July between 11.00am and 11.45am, Saturday 17 July between 9.10am and 9.55am
- NEW TAB at Munno Para Shopping Centre on Sunday 18 July between 10.45am and 11.45am, Saturday 17 July between 10.30am and 11.30am
- NEW Chemist Warehouse at Pelican Plaza in Ridgehaven on Sunday 18 July between 5.40 pm and 6.00 pm
- ALDI, St Agnes Shopping Centre on Tuesday, July 13 between 10.20am-11.30am
- NEW Tenafeate Creek Wines at Yattalunga on Saturday 18 July between 1.45pm and 4.30pm
Anyone at the below locations should quarantine for 14 days from the time of exposure, seek testing immediately and again on days 5 and 13 of isolation:
- NEW Modbury Hospital Emergency Department from Sunday 18 July 10.00pm to Monday 19 July 8.00am
- Golden Grove Shopping Centre on Saturday, July 17 between 3pm-4.45pm.
- The Grove News Agency in Golden Grove on Saturday, July 17 between 3.30pm-3.45pm.
- St Agnes Shopping Centre on Tuesday, July 13 between 10.30am-11.30am.
If you were at any of the below locations at the specified dates and times, you must get a COVID-19 test as soon as possible and quarantine until you receive a negative result, before getting tested again on day 5 and day 13 after the last day you were at the location. There is no requirement to quarantine after the day 5 and 13 test, unless you have symptoms.
- NEW Greenacres Shopping Centre on Friday 16 July between 2.30 pm and 3.45 pm
- NEW Munno Para Shopping Centre on Sunday 18 July between 10.45am and 12.00pm, Saturday 17 July between 9.00am to 12.00pm
Anyone who was at the following locations should monitor for symptoms and seek testing if they present.
- Wigley Reserve in Glenelg on Friday, July 16 between 12.30pm and 1.15pm
- NEW Wynn Vale Dam in Wynn Vale on Sunday 18 July between 9.45am and 10.45am
For the full list of exposure sites, visit SA Health here.
– with AAP